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.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Taser useless, officer uses car to kill bicyclist

Pensacola, FL - ...the officer fired a taser out the window of his moving cruiser, hitting the man on the bicycle. Witnesses say the man then tried to run away. ...the car jumped a curb and ran over the bicyclist soon after. ...the man's body was stuck beneath the officer's car, being dragged about 10 to 15 feet. ... [LINK]

I wonder what exactly the victim was thought to have been doing that deserved such a response? A known serial killer? [Update: reportedly just a "suspicious male" - {cough profiling cough}. A teenage male riding a bicycle at 2am.]

Did the taser help?


I half expect [not really] the car manufacturer to issue a statement denying that the police car could have contributed to the bicyclist's death.

More here [LINK].

UPDATE (9 Oct. 2009): Pensacola Police issue memo to officers disallowing firing tasers into or out of moving vehicles. [LINK]

"...The policy change comes less than a week after the death of 17-year-old Victor Steen. The teen was run over and killed by a police car on Cervantes Street."

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