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, May 2, 2010

Orange County pays $750,000 to settle 'Taser Torture' lawsuit

"Taser Torture" are my words.

LA Times - The county made the payment in early March to Matthew Fleuret, who alleged he was Tasered while handcuffed and slammed to the floor by sheriff's deputies. The event was captured on video. ...The lawsuit stemmed from the March 2006 arrest of Matthew Fleuret on suspicion of obstructing a deputy after getting into a bar fight on St. Patrick's Day. He was never prosecuted. ... The videos, which became public after Fleuret filed a $47.5M lawsuit alleging excessive force, show him being placed in a holding cell at Orange County Jail and held on the floor by at least five deputies, one of whom pulls Fleuret's arms back while others repeatedly shock him with the Taser over a period of about 13 minutes. ... Fleuret's attorney said his client was shocked 11 times. ... [LINK]

Being electro-shocked eleven times meets any reasonable definition of the word "torture".

...A grand jury report in 2008 called the deaths of two inmates after being Tasered a "cause of alarm" and reported that jail staff used Tasers on 437 inmates from 2004 to 2007. ...

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