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.

Monday, May 24, 2010

City of Tybee, GA rummages around desk, looking for checkbook

Georgia police officers arrested an 18-year-old Tybee Island resident, Clifford Grevemberg, apparently believing that the that the teen was drunk and disorderly. The teenager said that the police used a taser on him twice and threw him to the ground, breaking a front tooth. Unfortunately the officers, never having been reminded about making stupid-ass-umptions, failed to consider the possibility that the youth is an autistic "...who’s never consumed alcohol." [LINK]

Young Mr. Grevemberg has a heart condition. His survival was undoubtedly aiding by the fact that the two taser darts struck him in the back. "...his handcuffed brother was bleeding and two Taser barbs dangled from his back. ..."

But being shot in the back hardly lends support to the supposed necessity of the taser deployment.

Being a civil-rights actionable incident [hint: file in Federal Court], any final settlement should be well into six-figures if it doesn't included an explicit apology and corrective action.

But offer them a discount (say 30%) if they're willing to explicitly admit wrong-doing and institute significant corrective action. Watching them squirm during the decision-making is well worth the discount.

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