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.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Adding words to gain back lost territory

"They" have added some exclusionary words to gain back some lost geographical scope. Perhaps prompted by my posts on the same subject.

Julian Fantino Commissioner Ontario Provincial Police wrote:

"...the use of a taser by a police officers in the lawful execution of their duty has [never] been found to have been the direct cause of a fatality." [LINK]

Notes (my interpretation):

The red text has been recently added to eliminate the unlawful murder-by-taser of Mr. Pikes and any similar incidents where Taser can claim that the action was illegal (clever tactic).

The blue text has been recently added to eliminate all the many partially-caused ("contributed to") taser deaths.

Eventually their claim statement will be about twenty-four thousand words long...

Did they really think that we wouldn't carefully parse the entire sentence?

Did they think we wouldn't notice the recent additions? LOL.

What is personally aggravating to me, and MUST BE INVESTIGATED, is why the OPP Commish is acting exactly the same as would a spokespuppet for Taser International?

Quack quack quack = duck.

Do you really think that Fantino actually (himself) created this cleverly-worded statement that bears all the hallmarks of having been carefully drafted by a Taser International's on-staff lawyers? It sure smells like just the latest in a long line of ever-evolving claims by Taser International.

My guess: No way that Fantino made this up all by himself. Not in a million years. He's reading the Taser-provided script. It's Taser's trademarked Lawyer-Speak.

And these claims are always technically correct at most points in time (although they're quite slow to react - seems to take weeks).

What's amusing is the trajectory of these claims over time. À la "cintelligent designism" for those that know that somewhat-similar story of way-too-obvious editing...

We need to mandate a more arms-length relationship from suppliers to policing organizations.

This performance by Fantino stinks.

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