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.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

RCMP swallows 'Excited Delirium' theory

(CP) EDMONTON — All RCMP officers in Alberta must now receive training on a controversial disorder linked to people who have died after being zapped by electronic stun guns such as Tasers. The training program may be rolled out across the country, according to RCMP officials. “Excited delirium” is a non-medical term used by some police and medical experts to describe a condition in which a person becomes extremely agitated and dangerously hostile, exhibiting exceptional strength without getting tired. While Mounties issued with Tasers are taught about excited delirium, all 2,200 RCMP officers in Alberta have been ordered to familiarize themselves with the condition whether or not they carry the stun gun. The officers are being taught that people experiencing excited delirium are in a life-threatening medical emergency and must be taken into custody so they can be transported to hospital for treatment. And they are being told that using a conducted energy weapon such as a Taser is probably the best way to subdue them. [LINK]

Tsk tsk tsk. Someone hasn't being paying attention. And perhaps someone has been brainwashed by Taser.

Remember what University of B.C. psychiatrist Dr. Joseph Noone, who deals daily with extremely agitated patients, said? [LINK]

"There is no such medical term as excited delirium. It's basically an excuse for everything that happens and an excuse to blame it on the person who dies and not on the person [arresting him]. It provides a convenient post-mortem explanation for in-custody deaths where physical and mechanical restraints and conducted-energy weapons were employed."

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