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

CPC RCMP - Recommendation 4

Recommendation 4: [LINK]

The RCMP should consider a review of its training to ensure that its members are well versed in the potentially dangerous nature of the weapon and to ensure that training provided to members assists them in appropriately assessing the circumstances in which deployment of the CEW is justified, bearing in mind the degree of pain inflicted on the subject during the CEW deployment and the potential outcome of such deployment.

Depending on the circumstances, the "degree of pain inflicted on the subject" [in the case of the taser, that is well beyond extreme] could be considered to be the key element of what is called 'torture'.

The "potentially dangerous nature of the weapon" [the taser, specifically the X26] and the "potential outcome" are obviously referring to 'death'.

Regular readers will know that I consider these to be the main issues: torture and risk of death. [LINK]

To quote the UN: the taser is '...an instrument of torture that can kill.'

If the police would fully adopt this message (and realize that the stungun salesmen are just the usual slick-talking salesmen), then perhaps they wouldn't be so taser happy and fewer people would die.

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