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.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Tasers are nothing but trouble...

Alberta’s police oversight board, the Law Enforcement Review Board (LERB), has ordered Edmonton police Chief Mike Boydto lay charges against Const. Aubrey Zalaski for allegedly using excessive force when he tasered Timothy Ferguson four times on Dec. 24, 2003. "The Board finds that an objectively reasonable person might not consider the tasering of the Appellant reasonable given that it was deployed four times while the appellant was being held down by several large male officers, was handcuffed, was wearing a spit mask, and was displaying symptoms of excited delirium." The board found that the actions of other officers accused of excessive force were reasonable "given the urgency of the situation and the intensely violent and aggressive nature of the appellant." [LINK]

Wow.

I wouldn't be surprised if many police officers simply decide that tasers are just not worth the career risk.

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