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.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Gold Coast (Australia) police force to shoot man in leg

Gold Coast - ...The 38-year-old man, who has a history of mental illness, is recovering in Gold Coast Hospital from a gunshot wound to the left leg. ...Police said the man was standing in his driveway yelling at them to shoot him but he then ran inside before rushing out a side gate wielding a knife. He came within metres of the two police, before the senior officer, a sergeant, shot him, causing him to fall to the ground. ... He sustained a non-life threatening bullet wound to the leg, needing 10 stitches. ... [LINK]

See also [LINK].

The local media is making much of the reported fact that the police lacked holsters for their reassuringly-expensive tasers, and thus were left with no option except to shoot the man as he ran towards them with a knife.

First of all, given the unacceptably high rate of taser misses and ineffective deployments, using a taser when a mental man with a knife is rushing towards you could be the last mistake you ever make.

Second, this incident ended reasonably well. The police are to be credited with achieveing a reasonably good outcome in the face of an extreme situation.

Third, for those that are overly-concerned that the subject's leg needed ten stiches, and thinking that a taser wound cause less damage... ...consider the case of the fourteen year old girl that was tasered and required EIGHTEEN STAPLES AND SIX STICHES to close the gapping head wound. [LINK][LINK]

Rather than providing an example where a taser would have been handy, this incident is actually an example where using a taser would have been extremely risky and might have resulted in several officers being stabbed and the subject being shot to death anyway. As it is, given the extreme nature of the incident, things turned out just fine.

Attempting to turn this incident into pro-taser propaganda is just that, propaganda.

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