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.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Man starts to saw off own head, saved by taser

About four months ago, I posted an observation regarding the public relations (PR) antics of various police forces. The post was entitled:

Police: Man starts to chew off own head, saved by taser [LINK]

In today's news, police in North Wales tasered an 89-year-old man (yes, 89 years old) because he was about to cut off his own head (or slice his neck) with a shard of glass. Luckily, he survived the tasering. [LINK] [LINK]

One has to wonder. I suppose back the the days before tasers were invented, there would have been no other options except to shoot the old guy. [Sarcasm in case you didn't catch it.]

Yep - 89 years old.

Speculation: It seems highly likely that the police officers could have simply tossed the taser (or ANYTHING at all) towards the elderly man and then, while he was distracted, rushed in and grabbed his arm. You know, like trained police officers have been doing for the past 400 or so years.

If true in this case, then the headlines should read:

Tasers replace common sense - elderly man happens to survive

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