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.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

IMIM and tasers (which are 'Firearms')

In Canada, tasers are legally defined as 'Prohibited Firearms'. [LINK] Note the word '...Firearms'.

Police in Canada, being under the control of the stun-gun salesmen from the USA, failed to notice the Laws of Canada and their entire approach to tasers in Canada has been mirrored on the practices from the USA.

...research by Ottawa-based consultant John Kiedrowski indicates taser guns are actually explicitly defined in Canadian criminal law as "prohibited firearms" – a designation that brings much stiffer rules around storage, training, certification and usage. Likewise, any offence with a firearm, such as unauthorized use, would bring harsher mandatory minimum jail penalties. [ibid]

In Canada, police claim to follow the Incident Management Intervention Model (IMIM). [LINK]

Inexplicably and indefensibly, even in the 2008 version, the IMIM makes no specific mention of tasers.

But it does clearly show that 'firearms' are at the very top of the scale, and are associated with perception of DEATH of GRIEVOUS BODILY HARM (upon the officer).

In Canada, tasers are firearms.

Using the same logic as '2+2=4', the only conclusion is that the police in Canada have been repeatedly violating their own purported intervention model.

See also [LINK] about the Canadian laws that would seem to apply to the taser Touch Torture mode.

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