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.

Friday, February 26, 2010

SF police chief pushes for Taser use by officers

San Francisco Police Chief George Gascon "...pushes for Taser use by officers..." [LINK]

The headline is probably more accurate than actually intended. I can smell from here that this man is a full member of 'The Church of Taser'. If his officers ended up using tasers several times per week (about one hundred times more often than his stated justification), then he would probably support that.

I find it funny/sad that the Commission officials have been promised that "...the department will create a policy that allows officers to use Tasers only with aggressive, combative suspects...", and are not taking the duh-obvious step of forcing Gascon to supply the policy IN ADVANCE of approving the procurement. Duh!!!!

Tell the Chief to write the policy and submit it to the Commission for review and approval. Then see how it compares to the lessons already painfully learned in other jurisdictions. Because he is obviously a 'True Believer', you're not likely to see a reasonable policy unless forced.

Allowing this Arizona ex-pat to bring in tasers (from Arizona) in advance of setting the rules would be naive.

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