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.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

New Zealand tasers used primarily to threaten mental patients with electro-shock torture

A new study shows that police tasers are more than twice as likely to be used at mental health emergencies than criminal arrests. The study was conducted by Anthony O'Brien, senior lecturer in nursing at the University of Auckland. O'Brien said he was shocked to find that tasers had been used by police in laser pointing mode at mental health facilities. The laser pointing mode is one step away from discharging the taser. "I was shocked to find that tasers have been used at mental health inpatient units. I would be extremely alarmed if we were moving the way of the United States where hospital staff have been given tasers. That is completely contrary to New Zealand policy which is aimed at improving in-patient services," O'Brien says. The study also found Maori and Pacific people are far more likely to be tasered than Europeans. The study was published recently in the International Journal of Law and Psychiatry. [LINK]

At this point, the idiot taser fan-boys say, "Yeah, so?"

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