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, December 8, 2009

Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP: Report into the RCMP in-custody death of Mr. Robert Dziekanski, October 14, 2007

Key Findings [LINK]:

* While they were in the lawful execution of their duties as police officers, the four officers failed to adopt a measured, coordinated and appropriate response to Mr. Dziekanski's reported behaviour.

* The senior on-scene RCMP member failed to take charge of the RCMP's response.

* No meaningful attempt was made to de-escalate the situation.

* No warning - visual or otherwise - was given to Mr. Dziekanski prior to him being tasered by the Conducted Energy Weapon (CEW).

* Use of the CEW against Mr. Dziekanski was premature and inappropriate.

* The CEW was used multiple times on Mr. Dziekanski without any significant effort made to determine the need for further use.

* The RCMP members present should have more actively provided first aid and monitored Mr. Dziekanki's condition.

* The four RCMP members inappropriately met alone after the death of Mr. Dziekanski - prior to giving their statements.

* The versions of events given to investigators by the four RCMP officers involved in the Vancouver International Airport in-custody death of Robert Dziekanski are not deemed credible by the CPC.

* The senior on-scene RCMP member should not have been present at the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) briefing held at the Richmond Detachment on October 14, 2007.

* No bias or partiality toward the involved RCMP members was present in the IHIT investigation of the death of Mr. Dziekanski, but the Pritchard video should have been shown to the members before taking statements from them.

* The RCMP should have released certain information to the media which would have served to clarify information pertaining to the death of Mr. Dziekanski and corrected erroneous information previously provided without compromising the IHIT investigation.

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