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, March 1, 2009

Cults - Part 1 - painful rites of passage

I have often wondered why some police officers and officials are so inexplicably loyal to Taser International. They seem to cling to the Taser belief system and articles of faith, even after it all goes badly wrong.

It's such a strong effect that the officers will actually display indications of mental confusion when asked by emergency medical staff to remove handcuffs from a recently-tasered person who may already be dead.

So, what's going on?

One psychological trick used by some cults is to mandate a painful rite of passage.

Having passed through this painful event, the subject has made an investment in the cult, and he would obviously be extremely disappointed if certain aspects of the belief structure were subsequently proven to be untrue.

"The longest and most painful 5 seconds of my life", is a common sort of statement made by those police taser trainees after they've been tasered (in their back) as part of their brainwashing regime (a.k.a. "Taser Training"). I think it's perfectly clear that this type of event is a perfect example of a (very) painful rite of passage.

What other characteristics of cults are exhibited by this pro-taser group?

Let's review the Cult Checklist on Wiki [LINK]...

Oh... My... Gawd...

This is going to take another post...

1 comment:

Kate said...

Another keen insight- that this is just a rite of passage.

Kwesi Millgan, the man who tasered Dziekanski- again and again and again and again, says he did this becaue his victim did not behave the way he expected him to.

This illustrates why this taser training experience for police is counter-productive. They are deeply conditioned to expect a replica of their own experience-
alligator clips in a safe, supportive setting among their buddies- yell and fall over instantly- so if this does not happen, then the taser must have failed (said to happen 20% of the time)
So he shot again, and then his commander told him to again, and...

The controlled experience is misleading.
If it was more complete- taser the man, let him fall, and order him to produce his hand and be cuffed before the current is turned off- then the officer might learn something useful instead of a fallacy.

"Hey, I let them tase me right in the back.
I yelled and I fell over too.
I did what was expected, not scared and not mad,
So why don’t you do that too?"
from "My Magic Gun"