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 3, 2010

A Toronto Star investigation: Above the Law

A Toronto Star investigation: Above the Law [via TNT] [LINK]
A Toronto police officer inexplicably floors his gas pedal, speeds into an illegal right turn and runs down a grandmother, severing her brain stem and killing her instantly.

An OPP constable wearing a bulletproof vest and carrying a baton and pepper spray shoots and kills an intellectually challenged 59-year-old man holding a small pocket knife.

During a traffic stop near Canada's Wonderland, York Region officers rough up a small, 50-year-old accountant, breaking his arm and leaving him roadside.

A Peel Region police officer sucker-punches a handcuffed prisoner and breaks his jaw in two places.

Two teens chatting on the grass in a public park are run over by a Durham Region squad car, suffering extensive injuries.

All of these officers were quickly cleared by the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) — the provincial agency responsible for investigating serious injuries and deaths resulting from interactions between police and the public. All still work as police officers. ... [LINK]
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The solution to the inherent problem of Police investigating Police is simple.
  • Civilian oversight.
  • All records as open as possible as soon as possible.
  • Pay the investigation staff good salaries (higher than those they investigate).
  • Pay serious-money performance bonuses when they make a good clean catch of dirty misdeeds.
  • If they or anyone involved minimizes police misdeeds, fired and 30-days in jail. (*)
  • If they or anyone involved fails to correctly report any police misdeed, fired and 90-days in jail. (*)
  • If they or anyone participates in any cover-up or whitewashing of police misdeeds, fired and one-year in prison. (*)
  • Just following orders (or approved policies) would not be acceptable defense; everyone must know and respect fundamental laws and fundamental rights.

* We have to add a protective layer of double-or-nothing to the process.

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