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, October 10, 2010

13 + 11 = 2 + 2

Australia, having been presented with the inevitable extreme example, is starting to figure out that tasers (when they're not deadly) are torture.

Prison authorities are facing further pressure from the Opposition to release a video showing an Aboriginal man being Tasered 11 times - for the second time in a week. Shadow [opposition] attorney-general John Quigley has called on the Barnett Government to immediately release the footage, describing it as an "international disgrace". The man, Kevin Spratt, was also shot 13 times with a Taser at the East Perth Watch House, with that footage being released by the Corruption and Crime Commission last week. Both incidents occurred in August 2008. After the second incident, Mr Quigley said Mr Spratt was severely injured and rushed from the watchhouse to the Royal Perth Hospital emergency department. ...
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Notice the date? August 2008. It's been kept under wraps for two years.

A spokeswoman for the department said the matter had been referred to the professional standards division at the request of Corrective Services Minister Christian Porter. "Because the matter is now under review, we can't comment any further," she said.

Last time, those involved were issued trivial fines.

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