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.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Torture makes even the innocent appear guilty

This study [LINK] seems to provide an explanation for the strange reaction of some members of the public when the media reports that another person has been taser-tortured within an inch of their lives. With every such news report, no matter how outrageous the taser torture [LINK] , there will always be some folks adding comments that the person "got what they deserved".

Now that I understand that such reactions are simply non-cognitive, unthinking, reptilian brain stem responses, I will try to be more patient with those folks.

The study also provides another explanation as to why police love their tasers. Let the suspect wriggle around on the ground in utter agony, and it actually makes the suspect appear to be more guilty. What could be wrong with that?

In fact, for those that are using higher brain functions, this study raises serious concerns about the justifications for, and outcomes of, using tasers to apply street-level torture, both moral and legal.

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