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, June 14, 2009

Anatomy of a typical taser deployment...

The New South Wales (Australia) police force says it will (re-)investigate a Sydney officer's possible improper use of a stun gun after new video footage of the incident came to light. ... Fresh CCTV footage of a Taser being used on Sydney's Oxford Street on March 29 sparked the investigation. ... The new footage allegedly shows the man walking away from officers, seemingly in compliance with police requests... [LINK]

Assistant Commissioner Catherine Burn said, "You do need to look at every part of the use of the Taser. A footage on its own tells one part of a story. It does not tell what was happening, it does not convey the potential threat, the potential aggression of the situation. So you do need to look at all other material."

Exactly. The officers' warped perception and cover-up lies are an important part of the story. Also worth investigating is the criminal cover-up of each others' illegal actions (The Blue Brotherhood of Silence).

Also, the Taser-cam video was useless ("obscured"). Waste on money. Designed by idiots. Bought by idiots.

Let's review:

Drunk man. Posing zero threat.
Three other officers at hand.
Reportedly complying to some degree.
Tasered (and, in this case, survives).
Complaint, investigation, whitewash.
Plenty of officers, little truth on offer.
Then - suddenly - a new video emerges.
Authorities reopen the whitewash process.
Victim sues. Huge legal mess follows.

Just another day in the farcical world of tasers.

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