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.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Western Australia Police Union chooses a path lower than cowardice

Police union backs officers over taser scandal

The WA Police union says ["Do you want to go again?"] it will defend the actions of officers who tasered a man on several occasions while he was in custody. In one of three incidents, Kevin Spratt was tasered 13 times at the East Perth Watch House in 2008. On another occasion he was tasered 11 times by officers from the Department of Corrective Services. [LINK]

No shame.

An organization with even a tiny shred of common decency would issue a general statement condemning this sort of obvious ABUSE and ELECTRO-TORTURE of prisoners.

Because these acts of electro-torture and prisoner abuse are clearly utterly indefensible.

Oh, they could absolutely phrase their statement in very general terms if they wish to avoid making specific statements about their members.

Or, if they're cowards they could choose to hide under their conference table and remain silent.

But no... They've chosen the road even lower than cowardice; they've chosen to take a stand in support of electro-torture and prisoner abuse.

Hey! Don't get mad at me. It's this police union that is the Ethical Disaster Zone.

These officers should be facing criminal charges and it's the place of their criminal defense lawyer to craft a good story to try to explain away the video evidence of prisoner abuse. In that case, I'd mock and laugh, but everyone is entitled to a robust defense. But a police union is playing a very dangerous game if they're seen to defend obvious crimes by police. Civil society should be extremely wary about allowing such organizations to even exist. There oughta be a law...

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