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.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Highlighting some of the policy flaws

The Truth ... Not Tasers blog has an interesting post: [LINK]

The CP article is entitled: British Columbia Attorney General's Ministry concerned about police use of force before airport death: documents [LINK]

TNT blog has highlighted two sections:

1) "...a submission to the inquiry by the Corrections Branch of the Ministry of the Solicitor General indicates corrections officers are trained to use the taser for [pain] compliance."

This first highlighted extract is significant because the taser (M26, X26) has been designed to incapacitate. The amplitude of the electrical waveform is reportedly about 2000 times what would be necessary to cause 'intolerable' pain. [LINK]

On its face, using a taser for pain compliance seems to be excessive and unreasonable. Given that the pain level is well beyond 'severe', such use would also seem to be in clear violation of the Criminal Code of Canada section 269.1. In short, using the taser for pain compliance almost always meets the definition of torture, and torture is illegal.

2) "Corrections officers using the weapon must be trained and re-certified every two years, using the standards and curriculum suggested by Taser International, the corrections submission states."

The second highlighted extract is significant because Taser repeatedly claims [LINK] [LINK] not to be involved with creating, recommending, or endorsing taser-use policy. And yet they provide 'standards' and 'curriculum' used for training. And if the training isn't including, and centered around, and based on, the policy - then what the heck is going on?

That such policy flaws are blatantly obvious to ordinary citizen bloggers speaks volumes about the regulation vacuum that exists for taser use, abuse, misuse, and overuse in Canada (and just about everywhere else too).

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