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, January 25, 2009

Madness in Martinsville

17-year old Derrick Jones was tasered after Officer R.L Wray responded to the scene and saw evidence of what he believed was a home invasion. The officer entered the duplex and heard someone in its kitchen. He asked the person to come out so he could speak to him. Jones came out of his kitchen "and moved rapidly toward" Wray "in an offensive stance," according to a city news release. The teenager also made comments that were "not too kind" to the officer, Chief Rogers has said. Wray deployed his Taser on the teenager, who then was subdued on the floor and handcuffed, police have said. Wray then dealt with another male teenager on the porch, whom he took into custody. When Wray returned to the 17-year-old who had been tasered, he found him dead. Witnesses later said no home invasion took place. [LINK]

My interpretation of these factoids:

Jones was in his own house (as reported elsewhere).

A totally ill-informed and perhaps over-zealous police officer barges in and starts yelling.

Jones probably responds in the expected manner, 'WTF you doing in my house?' (it's what I'd probably say) and perhaps places his hands on his hips (a.k.a. the world famous 'aggressive stance' so feared by police).

Officer Wray, having been completely brainwashed about how perfectly safe tasers are, zaps him without hesitation.

And young Jones dies almost immediately. (Gee - I wonder why?)

Conclusion - You're not even safe in your own house.

Forget about generating terrorism overseas. This sort of crap generates more of those nut-bar right-wing loons that arm themselves to the teeth and live in 'compounds' to protect themselves from the police.

One can almost understand their point - even if we don't agree with it.

Chief Rogers has said that Officer Wray was within his department’s procedures ... regarding the process of barging into people's own houses, barking orders and zapping teenagers dead with tasers that everyone knows are safe.

I apologize if anyone feels that my comments are not too kind.

And please forgive my aggressive stance on this topic.

But facts are facts - police killed a 17-year old kid in his own house.

With a taser.

What are we supposed to think?

Police say there are a number of factors that could have killed Jones – anything from pre-existing medical conditions to any kind of drug or alcohol abuse. [LINK]

But not the damn taser? Anything but the taser.

And so the cover-up and misdirection begins.

And nobody can explain why the taser might be more dangerous than the maker calculates.

Forgetting Fourier are we? [LINK]

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