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.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Anchorage, Alaska PD distances itself from bear tasering stupidity

Anchorage Police Department
...Local news outlets recently reported on the use of a civilian TASER by off-duty Anchorage Police Lieutenant Dave Parker for the purpose of discouraging a food-conditioned bear. Had this event been a life-threatening or property-threatening encounter, any kind of force would have been authorized [even a flamethrower]. But the circumstances were not so, and thus the use of the TASER in this case entailed unnecessary risk. Media attention, coupled with Parker's well-known connection to the police department, may have given the public the misperception that TASER use of this kind is acceptable or even recommended. The APD regrets the role one of its employees may have had in sending an incorrect message on this topic, and welcomes this opportunity to join the ADF&G in setting the matter straight. ...

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