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.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

RCMP will now try to avoid taser chest hits

As we approach the sad 2nd anniversary of the death (killing) of Robert Dziekanski at Vancouver airport, there is the expected announcement on the heels of (...the recent media attention of...) the new taser targeting guidelines.

The RCMP has announced that they will also avoid targeting subjects in the chest. [LINK]

And presumably they'll also avoid the medically-rational left arm, and the legal-symmetry right arm.

UPDATE: See also the Globe and Mail [LINK].

Staff Sergeant Scott Warren, chairman of the RCMP's officer safety committee. “I think we were all surprised that quite suddenly, [Taser International] had changed their opinion on the taser.

NDP MP Don Davies said, “Up until now, Taser International has consistently taken the position that their weapons were completely safe. This seems to me to be a clear admission that this is not the case.

Just in case Taser International tries to twist the plain and obvious truth, they clearly stated that the new tasertargeting guidelines will have the effect of "...increasing safety margins..."

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