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.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Aussies conclude 13 taser-torture hits might be just "a bit much"

UKPA - Police say a graphic video of an unarmed man Tasered 13 times shows an unacceptable misuse of stun guns, as questions are raised about how much the devices are used in Australia. Western Australia state police said the 2008 case was not typical of Taser use by the force, and state Premier Colin Barnett demanded a review of Taser guidelines. The video was released on Monday, the day after a man died in Sydney after police stunned him in the chest with a Taser. ...

13 is too much.

1 or 2 or 3 or 4 is fine then?

What's the acceptable limit for electric-shock taser-torture used for no other reason than to cause excruciating pain?

Is even one such taser hit okay?

What if the batteries in the taser are dead? Can we use 240 volts, booster cables, and damp sponges? Why not? At least damp sponges don't leave nasty TASER-brand scars.

And how about a quick jab with the glowing end of a kit cigarette? Agree that 13 cigarette burns might be "a bit much", but what about just a few such burns as a form of pain compliance? There's really not much of an air gap between the taser and a glowing cigarette... What's the difference?

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The taser's Touch Torture mode (a.k.a. Drive Stun, Dry Stun, direct non-dart mode) IS torture.

Plain and simple TORTURE.

Torture is not only Go-straight-to-Hell immoral, it is also banned by international treaty. It is illegal and appropriate penalties range up to 14 years in prison.

And just obeying orders is explicitly excluded as an acceptable legal defense in cases of torture.

If you're still not getting with the message here, then you should really Get an ethic and have it installed.

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