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.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Family of Trevor Grimolfson seeking justice

From the Truth ... Not Tasers blog:

I repeat - Justice must be SEEN to be done, to be done [TNT]

"It took me awhile to figure it out but my humble opinion is that once the lawyers for the police found out who I had found to take Trevors case, they contacted Taser International, who then requested to be a part of the inquiry."

But funding was denied, and legal representation is now lacking. Many families are unable to fund legal representation. So the inquiry risks becoming a one-sided whitewash.

Taser International might even show up, but there may be nobody in the room both fully capable and interested in pointing out their false and deceptive claims, highlighting their ever-changing claims, explaining their technical errors, and contrasting the contradictions in their statements.

By way of comparison, look at how the inquiry into the death of Robert Dziekanski started and ended; and look at the resources that were required to make that happen. A multi-million dollar inquiry that finally concluded that tasers can kill, that the taser was the most prominent cause of Mr. Dziekanski's death, that a so-called "expert" hired by Taser International provided testimony that was "an insult to the intelligence", and that 'excited delirium' as an explanation for death was "unhelpful".

Can families of victims be expected to fund one side of the inquiry into the taser-associated death of their loved-one? Is that reasonable? What if it's simply not possible?

Trevor Grimolfson, 38 - Edmonton, Alberta - October 29, 2008 - tasered 3 times by an X26 and died of "excited delirium brought on by drugs".

It would be best if the inquiry was fair and looked fair.

But if it's not going to be fair, then it's best that it not appear to be fair. It looks like that's the way it's going. Which makes it a complete waste of time and money.

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