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.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

"Depressed" man loses an eye to police taser

Geesus H.

File under: Yeah, thanks for "helping".

Anthony A. Payne, Maryville, was shot with a taser. One dart landed in his left eyeball. The officer (Blount County Sheriff) even cycled the taser a second time to make sure. Payne's eye was obviously damaged beyond repair. A lawsuit has been launched. [LINK]

In my opinion (based only on the linked report), this would only be acceptable if Mr. Payne was charging towards the officer with a knife. In such cases, he'd be fair game. But if Mr. Payne was just sitting there, sad and depressed, then attacking him with a dangerous weapon was uncalled for.

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