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 29, 2009

Kaua‘i Police Department’s taser policy requires update

The Kaua‘i Police Department reportedly classifies tasers as a "less than lethal force". [LINK]

The Maryland AG's report goes out of its way to explicitly address this false term.

The false aspect is most clearly highlighted by the corrected version "less then OR EQUAL TO lethal force". [HT to Nateo blog]

The MD AG's report suggests calling them "less lethal".

The "...than guns" is implied. The way some taser trigger-happy officers use them it's obvious that they have been (mis)led to believe that tasers are perfectly safe. The 'new' (not really) message is that tasers can cause death, directly or indirectly [AMA], through a variety of mechanisms, even in healthy adults [Braidwood Inquiry].

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