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, January 6, 2010

Canada contemplates Taser (Use!) Standards

Ottawa, provinces moving on national Taser standards [LINK] [TNT]

What? So soon? [dripping with sarcasm]

"Taser standards" would be the technical, safety, performance, quality, and reliability standards on the taser itself. But that's not what the body of the article goes on to report.

OTTAWA — The federal government and provincial governments are planning to create national standards to determine when police can zap suspects with tasers... [ibid]

That would be "...national taser USE standards..."

Which is fine, if perhaps ten, twelve, or fifteen (?) years late.

Or perhaps they could simply start to enforce CC s. 269.1 (Torture) when tasers are used to electro-torture folks.

Given that the Braidwood Inquiry, and everyone else that is both informed and honest, is coming to the same conclusion - tasers can "cause death", even "directly" - and the ethically-deficient manufacturer continues to refuse to admit this obvious fact - perhaps (duh!) there should also be standards on the tasers themselves.

I'd start with an ethical standard on vendors. Any that "significantly understate" [MD AG] the risks should be disqualified.

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