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, October 12, 2008

So, how bad is the training????

Very bad. Bad to the point of being evil.

In an article called Tasers reduce injuries in police ranks [LINK], the police taser experts reveal the depths of ignorance and propaganda in the taser training.

"Tasers can operate as stun weapons at close range..." Stun has nothing to do with it. The Touch Torture mode is pure pain. The current path is so short that it does nothing except cause excruciating pain (a.k.a. torture) and cause localize burn injuries. You might as well use a lit cigarette and press that into the victim's flesh - same thing.

"There’s not enough amperage — about .00162 — to kill a mouse." Good grief. ".00162" refers (inaccurately) to the 162 milliamperes (162mA) of RMS current. Taser has tried strenuously to divert attention from this RMS value to the much lower 'average' current value of about 2mA. The reason for this switch is that 30mA is considered dangerous. Thus Taser now claims the average current and claims a 15-to-1 safety factor. 162mA RMS is normally considered to be dangerous. Make up your own mind.

"Tasers are the best compliance weapon we have." In other words: Do what I say or I will torture you. Who gave you the right to hand out on-the-spot torture? Even Judges sitting on the Supreme Court would not be allowed to hand out torture as an inducement. Your attitude is a violation of the laws against torture. You should read up on lawful force (which is a noun).

"...guidelines covered during training, including the size, age and gender of the subject, as well as the type of crime committed." Taser has clearly stated that even small, young children may be tasered. As for type of crime, apparently even failing to obey 'deserves' a 5-second torture session to induce compliant behavior... Who needs courts?

"Sgt. Jonathan Freeman, a training deputy with the Sheriff’s Office, said an officer is justified in using a Taser when he believes putting hands on a subject will lead to injuries, when the subject has an edged weapon or refuses to comply." 'Refuses to comply' can be the same thing as the victim being in a diabetic coma. This has already happened several times. Your policies are a violation of fundamental rights.

This is the sort of brainwashed so-called training being provided by the manufacturer. Appears to have had ZERO constitutional review.

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