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.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Police Chief says tasers "too dangerous" for civilians to have

Johnson Testifies For TASER Ban - Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson Tuesday urged the county council to pass a bill prohibiting a private individual from using an electronic control device for personal protection. Johnson said the devices, best known under the brand name TASER, are too dangerous for individuals to use. Johnson said that the bill would expand the ban on individuals using stun guns. Johnson said the need for this bill is urgent, because next month, a new state law would allow anyone over 18, to possess one of these devices. Under the county ordinance, anyone other than a police officer who is caught using the devices, would face six months in jail, or a $1,000 fine. [LINK]

Johnson had better ensure his department's taser use policy is in accordance with his view of the possible risks. If he requires guidance, he should refer to the conclusions and recommendations of the Canadian Braidwood Inquiry.

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