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.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Trained? Or mis-trained?

(CP) - ...The RCMP training ... tells officers that the weapon is 'not without risk' but does not mention that an irregular heartbeat known as ventricular fibrillation may lead to cardiac arrest and death after a Taser jolt. ... 3,153 RCMP officers in British Columbia are trained [??] to use the weapons. [LINK]

Trained or mis-trained?

"Oh by the way - it can be lethal about one time in 70. Oh, did we forget to mention that?"

'Actually you said it was perfectly safe cardiac-wise. You even shocked us all - in the back.'

"Oh, well that little detail was wrong. So, let's carry on...

A perfectly-rational argument can be made that an immediate moratorium is required until all these mis-trained officers are retrained. No - not just a stupid memo that can be easily overlooked, but a completely new training session.

This training should include Use of Force refresher training as included by the City of Ottawa Police Department.

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