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, March 19, 2010

Suit alledges sadistic behavior

Michael J. Daniels claims he was shot with a taser for no reason and then handcuffed in a way that forced the taser prong further into his arm, penetrating a tendon and cutting through the top part of a nerve in his left wrist. ... Daniels was arrested, purportedly for resisting officers and disturbing the peace, but no charges were filed. ... "Without any reason to believe that … Daniels posed a threat to anyone or had engaged in any illegal activities, and without provocation or warning … Folsom Police Sgt. Andrea Chapman tasered … Daniels," the suit alleges. A completely debilitated Daniels fell against a car and then to the ground, and hit his head, the suit says. The officers gratuitously subjected him to hours of excruciating pain by placing handcuffs directly on the embedded prong and then refusing, despite his pleas, to remove or adjust them, even while he was at Folsom's Mercy Hospital waiting to be seen by a doctor, the suit says. "The officers disregarded his complaints and mockingly accused him of faking" the pain, the suit recounts. [LINK]

The veracity of the claims will be very simple to prove by way of the testimony of the attending physician(s) and surgeon(s).

Assuming the claims of this suit are true, then a six-figure settlement or judgment would seem to be perfectly reasonable and appropriate. If Mr. Daniels is unable to work and suffers permanent harm, then there's an argument to be made for seven-figures.

A sadistic police officer is bad for everyone, including other police officers. Such behavior should not be condoned by anyone, ever.

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