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.

Monday, November 16, 2009

The case of Clayton Alvin Willie [Willey]

Control theory tells us that 'systems' are either 'closed loop' or 'open loop'.

Closed loop (in general) means that the system is kept under control. There is a feedback mechanism so that errors are corrected, and the system does what it is supposed to do.

Open loop means that there is no feedback mechanism, and thus no control. The system will produce uncontrolled results. Sometimes acceptable, and sometimes completely unacceptable.

Even if there is a feedback loop, but the information is delayed by a very long time, then there is effectively no control; it might as well be open loop.

Truth ... Not Tasers blog [LINK], list of Canadian taser associated deaths:

#2 - Clayton Willey, 33 - Prince George, BC - July 22, 2003 - RCMP - X26 - "Official" cause of death: drug overdose

Note the year.

[Reportedly the correct surname is "Willey".]

VANCOUVER, BC, PRESS RELEASE--(Marketwire - Nov. 16, 2009) - Representatives of a leading aboriginal and civil society group, along with a forensic pathologist and a journalist gathered yesterday to demand the release of security footage taken in an RCMP lockup that shows the Taser-related death of Clayton Alvin Willie [Willey], an aboriginal man.

Willie was arrested in 2003 for creating a public disturbance in Prince George, British Columbia, and died that same day following his interaction with police with a head injury and multiple broken ribs. RCMP officials acknowledge he was repeatedly tasered while hog tied at the Prince George RCMP detachment.


What is the content of the video?
* There are no date or time codes in the edited videotape.
* The video shows an RCMP SUV arriving at the Prince George Detachment garage.
* The video cuts away before RCMP say Clayton is pulled, hog tied, from the back seat of the SUV and allowed to drop, full weight, on his chest and possibly on his face.
* Clayton is then dragged down a hallway, with his hands bound behind his back and tethered to his feet, into an elevator. His head hits the doorway on his way into the elevator and he does not register any response.
* In the elevator, an RCMP officer can be seen targeting his taser on Clayton's back and kneeling down and applying the device to Clayton's back.
* Clayton is then dragged out of the elevator into the booking area of the detachment. A number of RCMP officers, including senior officers are seen observing while the two male officers handling Mr. Willie taser him at least twice more.
* Mr. Willie appears to lose consciousness, and an ambulance attends the scene.
* The RCMP advise that ambulance attendants ask the officers present to loosen Mr. Willie's handcuffs because his hands are "black". The video shows officers loosening his handcuffs.
* Still hog tied, Mr. Willie is loaded onto the stretcher, wrapped in blankets, and taken to the local hospital.
* He has a massive heart attack en route to the hospital and dies, which is not shown on the video. ... [LINK] via [TNT]

"Drug overdose"? Seems like a stretch.

Political leaders should consider the implications of an open loop "law enforcement" (sic) system. It's not under control. It's not under their control. It's out of control. Stuff like this isn't supposed to happen. It could be almost anyone being victimized.

If the police would effectively police themselves, and I mean all the time, then there would be no need for any outsiders to be critical of them.

As it is, the video must be released. A public inquiry should follow. Based on the description, it really seems that some people should (metaphorically) hang.

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