Mission Statement - De-Spinning the Pro-Taser Propaganda

Yeah right, 'Excited Delirium' my ass...

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The primary purpose of this blog is to provide an outlet for my observations and analysis about tasers, taser "associated" deaths, and the behaviour exhibited by the management, employees and minions of Taser International. In general, everything is linked back to external sources, often via previous posts on the same topic, so that readers can fact-check to their heart's content. This blog was started in late-2007 when Canadians were enraged by the taser death of Robert Dziekanski and four others in a short three month period. The cocky attitude exhibited by the Taser International spokespuppet, and his preposterous proposal that Mr. Dziekanski coincidentally died of "excited delirium" at the time of his taser-death, led me to choose the blog name I did and provides my motivation. I have zero financial ties to this issue.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

LULAC calls for taser moritorium

The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the USA's largest Hispanic civil rights organization, is calling for the all-out banning of Tasers. The group says Tasers are over-used by law enforcement officers, with sometimes deadly results. "...they could be trained for 100 years and still there's gonna be abuse," LULAC member Ralph Arellanes said. [LINK]

Tasers are a peculiar device. There's never been anything with quite such a large moral gap between what some police seem to believe, and what the real world results indicate. The point I'm trying to make is subtle. Putting it simply, I doubt that LULAC has ever called for a moritorium on police revolvers. There's something unique with tasers.

And I believe that Mr. Arellanes may be correct that even an infinite amount of training will never overcome the peculiar degree of misuse, overuse and abuse that seems to be almost inherent in the fundamental concept of tasers.

I imagine that the only worse invention might be a ray gun that simply makes the subject disappear (vaporized into nothing). If such a device were marketed by Taser International, they could probably milk it for a decade or more before some people started to ask difficult questions.

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