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.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Harris County deputy George Wesley Ellington - a poster child for tasers

Let's start in the beginning:
Ellington was among eight deputies listed as a defendants in a 2008 civil rights lawsuit filed in the alleged Taser and beating death of a 31-year-old mentally ill man in October 2006. Harris County, the sheriff's office, then-Sheriff Tommy Thomas and Taser International are also named in the lawsuit. A medical examiner's report designated the manner of death as "homicide" for Herman Carroll, a.k.a. Herman Barnes, according to the complaint filed by the man's relatives. The suit alleges excessive force, namely that officers "beat and tasered Barnes repeatedly," including one officer who zapped Barnes seven times, another twice and Ellington, a reported 23 times.

Oh, he's just a dedicated, hard-working officer doing a dangerous job...

Related lawsuit (a.k.a. 'How tasers are actually used...'): [PDF] (warning: disturbing)

And now... [LINK]
George Wesley Ellington, 38, is accused of twice accepted $500 from an alleged drug dealer in exchange for his protection and access to confidential law enforcement computer records, according to a federal indictment unsealed Tuesday. ...of accepting money to access information from secure databases and for providing security in his official capacity to a person he believed was possessing and transporting the drug known as ecstasy. Authorities say the bribes were paid in February and April. Handcuffed and shackled, Ellington made an initial appearance Tuesday before Houston federal magistrate Judge Stephen W. Smith. Several of the deputy's relatives and supporters [WTF?] attended.

h/t k

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