"deathsandinjuries" - all one word... [LINK] (26 Jul. 2009)
It's basically a lack of distinction that is evil.
Spot the critical difference... [LINK] (28 Feb. 2009)
Charles Momy, Canadian Police Ass. said: It is important for the public to understand that there is a risk associated with any 'use of force' by a police officer. A baton for example can cause bruising, contusions, and - in fact - even fractures. Pepper spray will cause irritation to the eyes and throat. These are both considered Intermediate Weapons - as is the, ah, Conducted Energy Weapon, also referred to, ah, as the taser. [transcribed from video of recent press conference / pro-taser propaganda session]
Charles Momy, with Tom Kaye standing at far left.
RCMP Commissioner said: "The RCMP's revised [Taser] policy underscores that there are risks associated with the deployment of the device and emphasizes that those risks include the risk of death, particularly for acutely agitated individuals." [LINK]
Summary of Intermediate Weapons - and their risks:
(Everything here is based on the exact quotes - copied above - from those police or policing organizations.)
- Baton - bruising, contusions, fractures
- Pepper spray - throat and eye irritation
- Taser - skin puncturing wounds, burns, and, ah, oh yeah... ...death
One of these things is not like the others, one of these things doesn't belong...
Risk of relatively minor injuries or irritation are not even on the same page as the risk of death. It's totally disgusting that some brainwashed idiots would lump them together in the same class of weapon.
There are three distinct classes of bad outcomes.
- Permanent Injuries
If your loved-one is permanently injured, that's extremely bad.
If your loved-one is killed, that's infinitely worse than bad.
There's clearly enough evidence documented in these various police statements to move tasers out of the Intermediate Weapon class immediately and permanently.
This is a logical immediate first step.
And it follows directly from the exact statements quoted above.
['Thinking' - it has some advantages. Certain people should try it sometime.]