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 27, 2010

Stupidest Taser Quote of the Week

The following is almost unbelievable.

Background: BART suspended the use of electronic-shock weapons in April for two months after an officer reached out of his cruiser to stun a 13-year-old on a bike in Richmond. [LINK]

More Background: ...on Tuesday, BART police pursued and stunned Jason Johnson at the Berkeley BART station. Johnson tried to exit without paying the toll... The officer pursued Johnson up the stairs to Shattuck Avenue, where he ordered the man to stop. He warned Johnson he would be stunned if he did not comply. Johnson reportedly ignored the officer, who stunned Johnson in the back. ... [ibid]

No, that's not the unbelievable part.

This is:
Joel Keller *, a retired probation officer, said he supports Tasers because they are an alternative to using deadly force and can save lives.

[* Joel Keller is a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Board of Directors member.]

Considering the context of recent events (BART and Tasers), this statement is crazy.

Mr. Keller - Here's yer badge...

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