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.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Excellent comment debate at Sign On San Diego

I like San Diego. I've been there many times. The natural beauty and man-made environment of Dan Diego are both very beautiful. And I like the Hispanic aspect of the culture.

The website 'Sign On San Diego' is equally pleasant.

A headline had popped up, "Appellate court rules Taser use was excessive", so I went to investigate.

Nuturally, Taser International's spokespuppet "Wisewon" had been there first and left his signature calling card: a comment that was incorrect and was probably intended to mislead the public. Even though it's my policy to not get tangled-up in endless comment wars (inefficient use of my time), it's also my policy, if and when I do have time, to correct Mr. Zuskin's Wisewon's fat target errors.

Anyway, while I was there, I posted a few additional comments and was generally successful in making some crystal clear points. [Self-congratulatory, but also true. There are some very well-worded posts there.] It wasn't a comment war, more like a series of civilized duels and perfectly-reasonable questions.

It's probably worth a read. [LINK]

1 comment:

Critical Mass said...

Cops in NYC are getting it right:

"City police Taser man, but he flees
Updated: 01/02/2010 09:16:16 AM EST

York City Police used a Taser on a man after a traffic stop late Friday, but the man broke free and fled.

An officer stopped the man in a vehicle on South Newberry Street about 11:30 p.m., police said, and he began to flee on foot. The officer directed the man not to move as he turned toward the officer, reaching toward his waistband, police said. The officer used a Taser on the man, but he broke free and continued to flee.

Police said they will file charges against the man by mail. No further information was available."

http://ydr.inyork.com/ci_14107437

If someone flees during a traffic stop, you can always "file charges .... by mail." There is no need for more taser shots or "lethal force".... since the suspect presents no imminent threat. Isn't it amazing how easy it is to come up with alternatives to taser-use-of-force in traffic stops, when law enforcement uses their best weapon - the brain? What a novel thought! Use the US Postal System to continue prosecution of non-violent "crimes" in a traffic stop! Wow!