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 13, 2010

Policy insufficient to overcome fun-filled taser "training"

WLS-TV Chicago - A police officer at (visiting?) Kankakee Junior High School was reported to have said: I'm giving out free runs for the Taser to try it out. The off-duty Kankakee police officer entered the classroom at and shouted, "Who wants a Taser?" It's reported that the officer then went around the room and Tasered at least three boys, one in the buttocks. It's also reported that this officer is friends with the teacher, and last week the same officer came to the classroom and tasered some of the students in their fingers. [LINK]

My gut instinct tells me that this idiot is a hard-core disciple of The Church of Taser. Almost certainly fully trained and certified. And better-than-even odds that he's a Certified Fully-indoctrinated Taser Master Trainer (pure speculation on my part).

"...Misuse or abuse of the Taser by any police officer is strictly prohibited by the rules and regulations of the Kankakee Police Department and is subject to discipline. ..."

All the rules in the world are inadequate when put up against a corporate program of departmental infiltration and a so-called taser "training" program that obviously is leaving the wrong impression that tasers are fun-filled toys.

This incident is clear cut evidence that the problems with tasers run very deep.

Simply printing the local Taser Use Policy with a larger font isn't going to fix it.

The whole stinking mess requires explicit corrective action.

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