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.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Lafayette, LA - "only twice" taser deaths in five years

Two taser deaths in five years is nothing to be proud of.

Best comment of the month.

PanamaVet wrote [LINK]:
A taser is a tool which occasionally takes the life of the person shot.

A revolver is a tool. If a patrolman took a revolver, put one bullet in the chamber and spun it before pointing it at someone the situation probably would not escalate. If he pulled the trigger he would be arrested no matter the outcome.

I was a policeman before tasers were invented. We were able to deal with problems. We encountered situations where people who were ill displayed the same behavior as criminals. Actually, we were trained to look for it and respond safely.

Corporal Delahoussaye has not been trained properly on his mission, not just to serve but to protect and serve everyone. It is an honorable pursuit.

This stance reflects a deficiency in Lafayette leadership. Policies on use of force do not accurately reflect the lethality of the "tools" being used. It begs the question, where do elected leaders and their appointees truly stand on issues related to public safety?

Awesome.

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