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, December 19, 2009

Calgary police facing $100,000+ lawsuit for stupid taser incident

Short version: In December 2007, Nicholas Ashe was attending a staff party at a sports bar He stepped outside for a smoke. Police arrived, made stupidly-incorrect assumptions, and violently arrested him. He was tasered twice for no apparent reason. He was then charged with "assaulting a police officer" and "obstructing justice", but those classic taser abuse 'cover charges' were dismissed in court. Judge explicitly stated that he believed Ashe's version of events over that of the police. See [LINK].

[Based only on what I have read about this incident and my understanding of human nature, I doubt that the police would have benefitted from wearing video recording equipment.]

Calgary Police are now facing a $100,000 or more lawsuit. Given the findings to date, they find themselves in a position where they can only negotiate the amount.

My advice to Ashe is to offer a moderate discount ONLY if the settlement cheque is accompanied by an open letter of apology that includes a specific admission of wrong-doing.

Governmental leaders and police decision makers need to realize that tasers and taser training seems to make police officers more violence prone and, frankly, stupid.

Quite some time ago I theorized that since the human central nervous system essentially runs on electricity, the taser trainees who experience a demonstration shot into the back end up with a short circuit from their buttocks to their brainstem. Post taser training, their thinking process appears to originate from their arse. Although it's just a joke, it seems to be a good working hypothesis to explain the real-world outcomes.

More seriously, where is it written that the police are permitted to brush off the serious implications of legal rulings? The judge ruled that he believed Ashe's version of the incident. And the criminal charges against Ashe were dismissed. Therefore, the most likely explanation is that there was serious wrong-doing by the police, and those criminal charges against Ashe were an attempt to cover up the police wrong-doing. If this simple logic is true, then these police actions are crimes multiplied by crimes.

Why are the police allowed to brush off these rulings?

Without consequences, there is no justice.

And at this stage, it shouldn't just be left up to a civil lawsuit to pursue financial compensation. The Attorney General (or similar) should get in there and investigate. And press criminal charges if appropriate. Of course, police and prosecutors often consider themselves to be playing on the same team. So asking them to apply the law equally is a tall order.


Critical Mass said...

Did you know about this recent $2 Million settlement in a Taser related death from 2005?


Shawn Pirolozzi's family settled for his death.

BigBaldwin said...


As Ed McMahon used to say, "You are CORRECT, Sir!"

As Marv Albert still occasionally says, "YESSSSS!"

This is the most difficult lesson for a cop to learn, but it is the gateway lesson for becoming human. Ya gotta admit yer wrong when yer wrong.