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, September 19, 2010

Taser "Training" handbag fight in Iowa raises disturbing questions

Judging by the results, I've come to the conclusion that the so-called "Training" promulgated by Taser International over the years amounts to corporate propaganda; propaganda that leaves the unwitting trainees with an incomplete understanding of the inherent risks of tasers.

Honest training would have entire chapters dedicated to the possibility of death-dealing cardiac effects, acidosis risks from long duration or repeated taser hits, and on the uncontrollable risk of tasers being ineffective. Honest training would not assume that "excited delirium" is a genuine condition that is also coincidentally fatal in the minutes after a taser hit.

Trainees emerging from honest and accurate training would naturally not use tasers except in those relatively rare instances where it might actually be an ethical choice. Back-talking motorists and cranky elderly folks would be safe from the risk of death by electro-torture.

Given that the official Taser International training program is obviously failing to achieve these common-sense goals, it's my opinion that the official training is dishonest, incomplete, immoral, and amounts to a form of corporate propaganda from The Church of Taser.

...Iowa Law Enforcement Academy... ...Academy Director E.A. "Penny" Westfall has faced harsh criticism from officers around the state... They reported allegations that Gil Hansen, a longtime instructor at the academy, told a class that he once falsified a police report to make it appear that a colleague on the Waterloo police force had died of an accidental gun discharge rather than suicide. Hansen allegedly told the class he did it to "protect the brotherhood" and "would do it again today" if faced with the same circumstances. ...some Iowa officers attended Taser classes taught by Hansen at a time when Hansen was not certified by Taser International....

[Geesus H...]

So when I read the above [LINK][via TNT] about an "unofficial", NON-Taser International approved taser 'trainer' getting into a handbag fight with the vertically-integrated marketing 'training' pyramid-scheme promoted by the fork-tongue stungun salesmen, it raises some disturbing questions...

If the bedrock beliefs (about taser safety) of The Church of Taser are demonstrably incorrect, then who the hell are they to "certify" the entire pyramid-scheme of the official "training" process?

If the trainees are walking out of the official taser training scheme and are immediately MORE LIKELY to use lethal force against citizens (gunfire found to increase post-taser training), then what exactly is going on?

One of the root evils of the entire taser issue is that the training and policy have been controlled or influence by an unregulated cartel of fork-tongue stungun salesmen that have promoted a falsehood: that tasers are not capable of causing, or contributing to, death.

Allowing Taser International to control the taser training, essentially without adult supervision, is an incredibly dangerous abdication by the chain of command that should be traceable to elected political leadership. As it is now, it branches off to Taser International.

PS: How do you like those accusations about alledged confessions of falsifying a police report to protect the brotherhood? Is anyone following THAT up? Geesus H...

The Law Enforcement Community really needs to get 'an Ethic' and have it installed.

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