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.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Eugene, OR moving to restrict taser overuse

Since 40 patrol officers in Eugene, OR began carrying tasers in early 2008, they have used them nearly 200 times. Eugene officers fired tasers in 49 incidents in 2008 and 2009. They threatened to use stun guns but did not pull the trigger in 144 more cases... [LINK]

These figure should be compared to the historical rate of lethal gunfire. Were the Eugene police shooting about 25 people per year previous to the introduction of tasers?

Tasers are touted as being "less lethal" (than guns) but they're obviously being used at a rate that is many, many times that of lethal gun fire.

Eugene panel to propose Taser policy revisions soon [LINK]

Yeah, ...well duh!

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