Mission Statement - De-Spinning the Pro-Taser Propaganda

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


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.

Friday, August 28, 2009

No. 1 Taser Use Guidance

Taser Use Guidance:
1) Never, ever, never ever taser the children of local political leaders. If you do, it had better be one of those fairly-rare cases where the moral and legal justification is crystal clear.

Local 12 [LINK] - 26 year old Celeste Thomas, the daughter of a Cincinnati City Council member, was hit with the taser last Sunday while she and her companion were being arrested. Chief Tom Streicher, speaking at an NAACP meeting last night, says he took a look at the cruiser cam video along with five other high ranking Cincinnati Police officials and in all of their opinions, the arresting Officer Anthony Plummer used excessive and unnecessary force.

This finding is quite reassuring. It is far too common for the police leadership to provide unquestioned support to their officers, no matter what. It seems obvious that the taser-victim's connection to a local political leader changes the equation.

Streicher says the video show Thomas was not resisting arrest and Officer Plummer [LINK] was not under attack and those are the guidelines. ...Streicher points out that she was on her knees with her arms raised in the air in a submissive position when she was hit with the taser in her back.

An example of extra-judicial, pre-trial, street-level punishment. This is, without a doubt, one of the most-attractive features of tasers to a certain percentage of the law enforcement community.

Plummer is currently on desk duty. He was dismissed from the Cincinnati Police department several years ago for "use of excessive force" in an incident that also involved a taser. He was later reinstated by an arbitrator. A decision on Plummer's status in regards to last weekend's incident could be made by the end of today.

Prediction: He'll be fired (again). For abuse of taser (again).

Another source: [LINK]

UPDATE: December 2009 Celeste Thomas acquitted [LINK]

UPDATE 2: 29 December 2009 - his ass is fired. [LINK] "A police investigator found Officer Anthony Plummer used excessive force and poses 'a huge liability risk' to the department and the city."


Reality Chick said...

While Officer Plummer hasn't yet been officially fired, an internal investigation's findings were announced today which confirmed what we already knew: this officer used excessive force - and not for the first time with a taser. Which can only mean his immediate dismissal. Right??

Excited-Delirium.com said...

Obviously not "immediate". But his career in law enforcement is certainly not going well.

Excited-Delirium.com said...

Oh so fired.