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.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Preemptive taser deployments - see anything wrong with this?

An amazingly clear, if unintended, summary of one problem with tasers.

West Memphis Police Department Captain Donald Oakes says that the new taser targeting guidelines have forced a policy change. "It's a scary change and it's a step backwards."

Oakes' concern is when they can use the weapon. Before the policy change officers could fire the weapon before a physical altercation ensued. Now they have to wait until a suspect puts their hands on them, threatens them or physically resists arrest. [LINK]

Oh... My... God...

Am I reading that correctly?

Captain Oakes is 'concerned' because his officers are no longer permitted to use the taser as a preemptive 'First Strike' weapon to be freely deployed at the first sign of trouble. Such as (for example) when a motorist dares to backtalk, or (for example) on any minority male that happens to be taller than 5' 11" (?). Now the brand new policy means that he is not permitted to dispense electro-violence until the behavior of the subject includes violence. Geesh... Is this a problem in his mind?

Taser International is constantly comparing itself to other "less lethal" weapons. So re-read Captain Oakes' statement of concern, but replace tasers with bean-bag gun, or rubber bullets, or tear gas, or baton strikes. Reveals a fundamental issue with how tasers have been marketed. And clearly demonstrates that taser training and policies are defective.

His 'concern' clearly raises much larger concerns. Civil rights. Ever heard of it?

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