Mission Statement - De-Spinning the Pro-Taser Propaganda

Yeah right, 'Excited Delirium' my ass...


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.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Excited Delirium

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Excited delirium is a controversial term used to explain deaths of individuals in police custody, in which the person being arrested, detained, or restrained is highly agitated and may be under the influence of stimulants. The term is not recognized in DSM-IV-TR, but has been listed as the cause of death by some medical examiners. There may also be a controversial link between excited delirium deaths and the use of Tasers to subdue agitated people.

In August 2007, Royal Canadian Mounted Police changed its force's protocol on Taser use, from discouraging multiple Taser shocks to suggesting that multiple shocks may bring a subject in a state of excited delirium under control more quickly. ...

Excessive force

Some civil-rights groups argue that the term is being used to absolve police of guilt while possibly overly restraining people during arrests. The cause of death only appears where police are involved in restraining individuals.

[In other words, people do not normally die from this so-called condition.]


Unknown said...

My first time visiting your blog. I came to learn of you as a result of the taser death in North Carolina (Darryl Turner).

There are a number of Black bloggers, known as The AfroSpear, trying to determine if there is legislation or other taser-use policy decisions that we can support in the United States. Can you direct me to anything that might help our research on this matter?

peace, Villager

Anonymous said...

Hi W.

And hello from Canada.

I can give you a few leads:

There is another blog called 'Tasered While Black'.

Amnesty International of course.

ACLU Northern California is quite active against taser abuse.

Also, it is not well known that the USA signed-up to the UN Torture treaty. This prohibition is quite clear about the definition of Torture. You be well served to find the exact US law where this Torture rule was placed. In Canada, the UN words were virtually cut-and-paste into 269.1 of the Criminal Code of Canada.

The USA added some extra pages to allow the sorts of things that may happen in Gitmo, but there's little room for abusive police.

In general the laws are already in place. All you need to do is sue in the right court. Never settle for peanuts. High six figures minimum is required to get their attention.

Ottawa city police have adopted stricter Use of Force refresher training to very good effect. You should take that concept to every jurisdiction in the land.

Browse the entire blog for more leads.

Good luck.

PS: You can e-mail to the blog e-mail address given in the blue box near the top of the right column.