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.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Lansing, MI holds officer accountable

Lansing, MI - Officer Ryan Smith has been suspended for two weeks, without pay, for violating policies. This is in connection with an incident where Smith tasered Rocky Allred after he had been subdued and was handcuffed. The taser hit caused Allred to fall and his face was injured, jaw broken, teeth chipped, stiches required. Charges against Allred were later dismissed. [LINK]

For those that think a two week suspension is not such a big deal, consider the legal jepordy that Officer Smith might find himself in. Perhaps Allred could launch a civil lawsuit against Smith for Civil Rights violations and injuries. We're talking way into six-figure territory (maybe nine-figures if Rocky is related to Gloria [LINK]).

The two week suspension without pay would be 'Exhibit A' in any such action.

Memo to police everywhere - The taser party is over.

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