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, May 14, 2010

Taser had "no effect", officer wounded in resultant shoot-out

Portland, OR (13 May 2010) - Gunfire that ended with one man dead and a police officer wounded began... ...stopped a car for driving infractions. ... One officer approached the passenger side while others with tasers drawn approached the driver's side. ...the driver ignored instructions and struggled as officers tried to get him out of the car. ...officers twice fired a taser to no effect. ...the driver grabbed a gun and fired, hitting Officer Christopher Burley once in each leg. ... [LINK]

Why on God's green Earth would any right-thinking police officer still believe that Taser International is their friend?

Geesh... If police guns misfired as often as tasers are "ineffective", then the police would be lobbying for swords.



Burley is expected to make a full recovery.

Excellent.

But why use such a risky approach? Why rely on unreliable tools? I'd rather see the police with their hand nervously on their holster than this sort of taser induced near-death fiasco unfold.

Twice the taser had no effect. The baddie got off two shots before the officers finally put away their toy phasers and dealt with the situation appropriately.

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