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, October 7, 2009

Insane reaction to "Hey Baby" costs police Cdn$50,000

Niagara Regional Police have decided not to go through with an appeal to try and overturn a civil ruling that found officers at fault for tasering a St. Catharines man multiple times. ...

Michael Parsons was the passenger in a Jeep stopped by police on Dec. 28, 2003 on Lundy’s Lane on the outskirts of Niagara Falls. He testified he was pulled out of the vehicle, choked, pulled into a ditch and tasered 10 to 15 times in retaliation for yelling “Hey Baby” out the window at police.
[LINK] [TNT]

Another news report had mentioned that the judge had commented that if Parsons had claimed a larger amount, then he would have been awarded a larger amount. Those involved in such incidents (police leaders reviewing taser training and policy, and plaintiff's lawyers) should take this hint that six-figure judgments are now considered appropriate for taser abuse. And that's in Canada! Not exactly the Lawsuit-Central end of North America.

Also note the date of the incident: 2003. This implies that there is probably a six year backlog of similar cases working their way through the legal system.

This sort of retalitory taser abuse is crystal-clear evidence that police leadership has utterly failed to impose common sense policy on the permitted use of portable electro-torture devices. They've been wined and dined and played like a dime-store trumpet by the slick stun-gun salesmen. It's way past time to wipe off the spittle, ...and start providing the leadership expected of those that are entrusted with such critical positions.

And political leaders need to impose the sorts of recommendations arising from (for example) the Braidwood Inquiry.

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