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.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Court: tasers go above pepper spray

"...the judges established legally binding standards about where tasers fall on the spectrum of force available to police officers, and laid out clear guidelines for when an officer should be allowed to use the weapon. The judges, for example, said tasers should be considered a more serious use of force than pepper spray -- a distinction that runs counter to policies used by most law enforcement agencies in California and elsewhere..." [LINK]

Because the frequency of use of force is shaped like a pyramid (at least it should be), moving up the spectrum should have the effect of reining-in much of the overuse. And this should, in an ideal world, also reduce the misuse and abuse.

By any standard, this decision is a huge step in the right direction.

The only people that would be upset by this ruling are TASR shareholders, management, minions, and of course the extreme right wing, "law and order" (sic) nut jobs that frequent the comment boards.

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