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.

Monday, April 28, 2008

It is certainly more 'democratic'...

It used to be that if you were an 'average Joe' and non-violent towards the police, then the chances of them killing you was essentially zero. On the other hand, if you were actually being violent towards the police, then they might shoot you. It always seemed to be a perfectly reasonable line-in-the-sand. Since most people are basically non-violent, the average citizen had about as much chance of being killed by the police as being hit by an asteroid. Ah, the good old days.

Now, it's much more democratic. Everyone, from back-talking speeders, to people that aren't quite quick enough to comply with often-confusing commands, to people in medical distress, to zoned-out drug addicts, to drunks, to the suicidal, and - yes - even to murderous thugs violently attacking the police, EVERYONE. It now seems that we all have a non-zero risk of death during our run-ins with the law - no matter how minor those run-ins might be.

Thanks Taser. Yeah, thanks a lot.


zonga said...

I am terrified of the police, Homeland Security, and TSA. Not only is this terror well founded, it is in my gene memory.

LHL said...

Cartoon about "sudden in-custody death syndrome" and tasers here:

Eggs Is Tense

Great site, especially the sidebar stuff!

Anonymous said...

Thanks. Please pass the blog link along to anyone you think might be interested (don't forget the dash).