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, November 7, 2009

Too fine a distinction for some to comprehend?

Rolando Demetrio Ruiz was tasered in spite of showing no signs of being violent. Lappegaard was the officer who held a Taser to the back of Ruiz's neck for at least 15 seconds. It seems likely that the taser attack was unjustifiable. Ruiz is now suing for "...among other things, reasonable damages between $75,000 and $400,000 as well as punitive damages and a jury trial." [LINK]

Compare and contrast:

North Charleston, SC - Police say they had to taser a nude man after the man became violent towards officers in North Charleston. ... [LINK]

There is still the larger issue of the claimed degree of "non-lethality" (sic) of the taser, but at least (according to this report) the police waited until the subject's behavior had escalated to the point where they could use the taser without putting themselves into the legal cross-hairs.

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