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.

Friday, August 14, 2009

'Stun Gun' doesn't work and police revolver doesn't kill

The officers tried talking to the man to try to get him to drop the knife, but he refused and then moved back into his home. "We saw evidence of alcohol and believe alcohol was involved." Police called in backup and eventually a stun gun was used to try to control the man "He had a fairly bulky coat on and the conductive energy weapon had limited effect on him." It was then that another officer fired a single round from his revolver, wounding the man in the arm. The 29-year-old man is in hospital with non-life threatening injuries. [LINK]

The taser (I'll assume it was a taser) was ineffective, ah, because the man was wearing "...a fairly bulky coat...". Ah, yeah. It's mid-August. Even in Newfoundland, it's mid-August. If the taser doesn't work in mid-August, what chance does it have with mid-February clothing?

The police were then forced to use a police revolver, which was (as is not as uncommon as you might think) not fatal. The latest figure I have seen is that police gun fire is about 50% fatal.


The ONLY question I have here is about the relationship between the failure of the taser and the resultant shooting. Was the man shot BECAUSE the taser didn't work?

I've seen some faint indication that when a taser fails to be effective, then the police will more-quickly resort to using their gun. I wonder about that sometimes...

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