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.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Federal Court sides with Brattleboro police in torture case

Brattleboro, VT - A lawsuit brought against four Brattleboro police officers by a pair of protesters who were stunned with Tasers two years ago was dismissed Monday by the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont. Through their attorney, David Sleigh of Sleigh and Williams in St. Johnsbury, Jonathan Crowell and Samantha Kilmurray contended that the officers used excessive force when they used Tasers to evict them from private property, which violated their Fourth Amendment rights. [LINK]

Let's review force the noun versus force the verb:

"When police efforts to cajole them into leaving the lot failed, they used Tasers to force compliance."

Read the above sentence very very very carefully and then answer the following question: Is the word "force" in the above sentence a noun or a verb?

U.S. Magistrate Judge John Conroy in his decision wrote, "The plaintiffs ... could have avoided the use of force entirely by complying with a lawful order."

Read the above quotation very very very carefully and then answer the following question: Is the word "force" in the above quotation a noun or a verb?

The next mental exercise would be to replace the nifty taser with the glowing end of a lit cigarette. What's the difference?

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