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.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Kaching!! $100,000 settlement for police abuse (incl taser)

RENO, Nev.—A former track star at Reno High School has agreed to accept $100,000 to settle a lawsuit accusing law officers of using excessive force against him at a country music concert in Yerington three years ago.

Cody Herbst, 25, filed the lawsuit in federal court in Reno last summer against two Yerington police officers, two Lyon County sheriff's deputies, the city and the county.

Herbst said in the lawsuit that the officers slammed him to the ground and knocked him unconscious after he was ordered to leave the VIP area at the Neal McCoy concert at the county fairgrounds in July 2006. He said the officers shot him multiple times with a Taser gun and pepper spray.

He was arrested for trespassing but the charges later were dropped. His lawyers, Terri Keyser-Cooper and Diane Vaillancourt, said Monday the county has agreed to pay him $100,000 and the city $8,000. ... [LINK]

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