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

Taser QotW: tasers "...are a greater intrusion..."

Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals - "The physiological effects, the high levels of pain, and foreseeable risk of physical injury lead us to conclude that the X26 and similar devices are a greater intrusion than other non-lethal [sic] methods of force we have confronted." [LINK] (page 16741, near bottom)

"...greater....than..."

Being a US Circuit Court of Appeal, I'm fairly sure that they're familiar with all police weapons and tactics. And this statement clearly indicates that their opinion is that tasers are a greater use of force than any other method they have confronted.

See also Footnote 7:

7 We recognize, however, that like any generally non-lethal force, the taser is capable of being employed in a manner to cause the victim’s death. ... [ibid]

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