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.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Video tampering in naked jogger case?

The video of the naked jogger incident (18 year old Anthony King) is available via the link provided at the bottom of this report [LINK]. Or try this direct video link [LINK].

Pay attention to the seconds counter in the bottom right corner and you might notice that it jumps from 36 to 38 (apparently skipping 37), and then leaps directly from 38 to 46. Either the taser cam clock is an unreliable product, or the video has been edited to shorten the apparent duration of the taser deployment.

One of the false claims used by the fork-tongued stun gun salesmen is that "the five second period of incapacitation allows the officer to handcuff the subject".

That rarely happens.

What actually happens is that the attending officer tells the subject to move his hands to his back while simultaneously tasering him.

I can't be certain because the audio isn't clear, but it sure sounds like the taser is still clacking away while the officer demands that Mr. King place his hands behind his back. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Mr. King "fails" to immediately comply. And thus the taser deployment becomes an endless loop until the attending officer eventually snaps out of it.

The whole concept of operations, perhaps as is being demonstrated in this incident, has 'excessive force' built right in.

No wonder they have to edit-out eight second chunks...

[If any of my observations are incorrect, then please contact the blog and I will correct. Email address in right hand column.]

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