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, February 27, 2010

San Fran Police Chief George Gascon and his Taser faith

Gascón said. "It is not a perfect tool. ... It is not nonlethal. We understand that occasionally, the Taser has been found to be a contributing factor in the death of someone during an altercation with police." [LINK]

"Occassionally..."? Yeah, but how often do police shoot and kill people using their guns? So tasers replace one "occasionally" with another, but add a layer of randomness that is evil at its core. The risk of death is reduced for the rare "sword-wielding lunatic", but increased for others that would otherwise have never faced a randomly-lethal police weapon.

But he said in many of those cases, "you have people who are extremely fragile. People who probably, if you were to ask them to run around the block, they would probably suffer cardiac arrest. So it's somewhat disingenuous to simply say that Tasers caused this." [LINK]

Utter bollocks. The old and evil 'Blame the victim(s)' trick. Disgusting. Repulsive. Evil.

And there are too many cases where young and normal-health people have been tasered_and_died. It's also worth highlighting that Taser International and their minions claim a massive 15-to-1 safety margin. So how does that claim fit into Gascon's false and deceptive proposal that taser deaths are to be blamed on the victims' health?

Gascon is falling back into the bald-face Taser lie that tasers are not capable of causing death.

Fact: The AMA concluded that tasers can cause death, "directly or indirectly."

Fact: The Canadian Braidwood Inquiry concluded that tasers can cause death, "even with healthy adults."

Fact: The Maryland Attorney General concluded that Taser International has "significantly understated" the risks of taser use.

San Francisco Police Commission officials would be well advised to force Gascon to write the Taser Use Policy **in advance** of permitting procurement to proceed. They should review it and ensure that tasers are only used in those very rare circumstances when the risk of death is reduced, not increased.

It's the grey areas that need to be extremely well defined. If the fine line is not well defined and restricted, then it is very easy for tasers to become an overall negative and an increase in evil.

This is one of those real-life IQ test moments. If the Commission members can't see the logic of reviewing the policy while they have this ideal opportunity to provide actual and effective oversight, then they're idiots.

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