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.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Taser International may appeal Braidwood

Taser Quote of the Month: "...it seems to me that the report and recommendations of the study commission could have important commercial implications for [Taser International]", Judge Robert Sewell.

CBC News - Taser International can proceed with its legal challenge of a British Columbia public inquiry report that was prompted by the death of Robert Dziekanski, a B.C. Supreme Court judge ruled Monday. The B.C. government wanted the challenge dismissed. But Judge Robert Sewell found the attorney general failed to prove that the Arizona-based company's petition asking the court to throw out the report and all of its recommendations would surely fail or that it had no right to judicial review.

...The judge also rapped Taser for "unnecessary, scandalous and vexatious" [*] allegations of bias against inquiry commission lawyer Art Vertlieb and Dr. Keith Chambers, a physician who helped the commissioner interpret much of the medical information submitted as evidence. Judge Sewell called the allegations against the two men "an abuse of process" and dismissed the company's petition for a declaration against them. "I conclude that the allegations here are motivated at least in part by a desire to embarrass Mr. Vertlieb and Dr. Chambers," the judge wrote.

* Judges are not permitted to call the petitioners "slimeballs". That's all I'm saying; they're not allowed.

And so the endless legal battles continue...

One commenter (Mr_Wheely_Guy) on CBC wrote:

Taser International: Stop promoting your device as completely harmless.
Police: Stop using tasers in all situations other than those that would otherwise warrant use of deadly force.
There. Problem solved, and we can quit wasting the court's time.

That pretty much sums it up.

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