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, July 25, 2010

Tasers becoming very painful for those that wield them

Taser Victim is Awarded $250,000 in Excessive Force Case Against Three Pittsburg Police Officers [LINK]

San Francisco, California (23 July 2010) — An 8-person Federal Court jury awarded a quarter million dollars in compensatory damages for excessive force to plaintiff Frederick Jackson of Pittsburg, who was simultaneously tasered by three police officers. He was hospitalized for five days following the incident in March 2008.

$250,000 judgment for taser overuse.

Apparently against the three officers themselves.

I wonder if they're still in denial. Probably.

UPDATE: See [LINK].

2 comments:

JC said...

The end will be near when the police start suing Taser Int'l to recoup these losses. I'm surprised none of these cities have done so, given that virtually every level of government is running budget deficits. If I were a city attorney or state AG who had just lost such a case to the public, I would certainly give it a shot to save face.

Sued by their (only) customers, Taser would be in a PR nightmare, namely the position of either paying the bill out of court or fighting in court and biting the hand that feeds them. Police typically don't take kindly to being attacked, blamed, or discredited, and attacking any one of them is usually perceived as attacking all of them.

This is why Taser has to exert absolute control over Taser science and knowledge...once their customers can objectively see they have been bamboozled, said customers will disappear.

Excited-Delirium.com said...

Many have already figured it out. The Maryland Attorney General concluded that Taser International has "significantly understated the risks associated with taser use", and I'm fairly certain that they're talking about DEATH of random subjects.

Taser use in western Canada is reportedly down 90-odd percent from the insane peak a couple years ago.

Individual police trainees have sued Taser International for serious injuries during training hits. Taser International will settle quietly, and then describe their settlement as a "dismissal" - almost certainly with an intent to mislead.

I wonder if the new DAZER LASER, if someone ends up permanently blinded, will be accompanied by bizarre explanations of "Sudden Blindness During Restraint"? I honestly hope that they're able to reliably calibrate the DAZER LASER to ACTUALLY be safe (as opposed to the false and deceptive safety and effectivity claims that accompany the Taser).