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.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Vancouver Police Department

Taser use in Vancouver during 2007 was 74 incidents.
Taser use in Vancouver during 2008 was 27 incidents.

See graphic below.

See also the Truth...Not Taser blog [LINK], or here [LINK].

Taser use in Vancouver is down 64%. This means that overuse, misuse, and abuse of tasers is down even more significantly, hopefully leaving primarily the less-evil incidents. Or looking at it another way, such evil nonsense was very likely quite rampant (occurring approximately weekly) during 2007.

This duh-obvious data should help some lawyers with their complaints...

Now, imagine how far down the taser use would go if the police actually agreed with any of this sort of viewpoint? I mean, good grief - this is the reduction (-64%) even given the continuing state of denial. It can only go down further as more and more information sinks into the thick heads of those in charge.

Question 1: Now, did the VPD shoot an additional 47 people to death during 2008?

Question 2: So what happened during late-2007 and early-2008? Did the public get all cranky (sic) based on their misunderstanding (sic) of the taser issue? Did John Q. Public think that tasers were perhaps being overused by a significant ratio? Did this public opinion boil over during this period?

No explanation of why taser use dropped was provided.

Well we almost certainly know why it dropped. See graphic above. It's difficult to pull a taser trigger when your fingers have been so badly burned. Duh!

[Yes, I know that the Vancouver Airport was RCMP vs. VPD. They're all brothers though, and same city. It had to rub-off.]

The report noted that it is “unlikely that other jurisdictions experienced such a similar decrease”, but then again no explanation for that statement was offered.

Wanna bet? I'll betcha that taser use is down across Canada. The RCMP even changed their policies. Duh! It doesn't mean that we're done. We still have some Inquiry shoes to drop. And a moratorium to consider.

This data strongly supports the opinion that tasers have been vastly overused, far too often misused, and too frequently abused.

Which is an indictment of the training.

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