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.

Monday, October 18, 2010

'That Happened' reports stunning decision

In a “stunning” decision this week, a federal appeals court in California limits stun gun, or Taser, usage by police officers. Voting unanimously, the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Taser usage could be considered “excessive force,” and should be used by police only when a suspect poses an immediate threat to the officer or to others.

In making this ruling, the court opened the door for Carl Bryan—the victim of such Taser usage—to proceed with his civil suit against the officer and the city. During a traffic stop in Coronado, California, Bryan was cited for failure to wear a seatbelt. After a brief verbal exchange, Office Brian McPherson used the Taser against him—an action that threw Bryan to the pavement and dislodge four of his teeth. The justices considered this 2005 traffic stop to be an example of the “excessive use of force’ of a Taser because Office McPherson did not appear to be in immediate danger from Bryan.


I am not able to confirm this report.

If it's true, sucks to be Taser International.

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