Mission Statement - De-Spinning the Pro-Taser Propaganda

Yeah right, 'Excited Delirium' my ass...


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, July 18, 2010

Man killed by police after taser ineffective twice

Oakland and BART police officers shot and killed a man Saturday morning near the Fruitvale BART Station... An Oakland officer fired his Taser at the man..., but he kept running... Oakland police again unsuccessfully tried to subdue him with a stun gun... That's when the man charged an officer, whose colleagues opened fire.

If this report is reasonably accurate, then the police involved in this incident made only one error - relying on their tasers. They tried to use their tasers TWICE and neither time were they effective (for whatever reasons). The situation escalated until the man reportedly charged the police - he was reportedly armed with knives. At that point, the police (several of them?) opened fire killing the man.

It's not clear that the attempted and failed taser deployments actually increased the man's chances, or if reliance on the unreliable tasers actually led to an ever-increasing spiral.

At the very least, it's clear that two unsuccessful deployments in sequence and a man killed should be recorded as a DOUBLE FAIL for the taser.

UPDATE: See also Fred Collins, 48, dies in a hail of police bullets, after taser gun fails [LINK] for other reports that do not align with original police story.

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