I remember the expression ‘Coke Blinked’ when they launched New Coke in the era of the ‘Cola Wars’.
Well, yesterday it seems like Taser International blinked when they announced to the public that tasers should be aimed at the shoulders, legs or arms of a suspect instead of the chest area.
Original story from the CBC here.
After hearing about ‘excited delirium’ and other reviews from the world’s “scienticians”, we now have the company admitting to ‘a slight risk of cardiac arrest when the electrified darts’ hit suspects in the chest.
What’s fascinating about this story is the reality that many officers simply aren’t arming themselves with Taser any more. There are rumours of them leaving this weapon in their locker, raising another critical question: Should the public continue to pay for something that our security forces won’t use?
In an odd way, I almost support this action, mainly because UK police officers have worked without guns for so long.
However, I’m still a little anxious about any deal made by public authorities that support Taser International, the maker of the taser. Giving them more money just makes the machine go on and on and on.
Full story here from the BBC .
Original Story Here .
Giuliano Zaccardelli says that Canada should end its controversial use stun guns.
Zaccardelli said he supported the use of stun guns, commonly known as Tasers, during his seven-year reign as commissioner because they were simply another tool for policing.
But given the recent controversy surrounding police force’s use of Tasers in Canada, the former commissioner has reconsidered his position, he said.
"And you know, after all that I’ve thought about it, I’ve come more and more to the conclusion that I’m not sure that having Tasers is worth the negative impact that it has on police forces in terms of public perception," he told the CBC’s Peter Mansbridge.
"I think we should stop using it."
I don’t know a lot about the context of this school and what the rationale might be for doing something so severe as to use Tasers against children, but I do know this: Treating people like criminals will have one major result. They’ll become criminals.
Full story here .
Tasers have already been desrcibed by the United Nations as a tool of torture and yet brainiacs all over the continent are finding new and creative places to put them to subdue ‘the people’.
I notice that the event in Winnipeg received honourable mention in this article:
The anecdotal evidence of Walczak’s argument has been striking in recent years as news media have publicized claims stemming from alleged excessive force by using Tasers. Many cases involve teenagers.
Last month, a 17-year-old Winnipeg boy wielding a knife became the youngest Canadian to die after being zapped by a Taser. His family is considering a lawsuit against authorities.
When kids start dying in high school corridors simply because hall monitors chose to use a Taser, what will we then call ‘excited delirium’? Will it become another manufactured ‘disease’ like ADHD?
The United Nations has declared that the use of Tasers, the stun guns manufactured by Taser International, represent a form of torture when used on people.
Original Story Link .
Quotes from the story:
"The use of these weapons causes acute pain, constituting a form of torture,” the UN’s Committee against Torture said.
"In certain cases, they can even cause death, as has been shown by reliable studies and recent real-life events,” the committee of 10 experts said.
Three men, all in their early 20s, were reported to have died in the United States this week, days after a Polish man died at Vancouver airport after being Tasered by Canadian police.
The man, Robert Dziekanski, 40, fell to the ground and died after the police officers piled on top of him.
There have been three deaths in Canada after the use of Tasers over the past five weeks.
The company that makes the weapons has said that similar deaths have been shown by "medical science and forensic analysis” to be "attributable to other factors and not the low-energy electrical discharge of the Taser".
The UN committee made its comments in recommendations to Portugal, which has bought the newest Taser X26 stun gun for use by police.
Portugal "should consider giving up the use of the Taser X26,” as its use can have a grave physical and mental impact on those targeted, which violates the UN’s Convention against Torture, the experts said.
Expect to see lots of stories and new scientician books about ‘excited delirium’ and how this ‘disease’ is the true cause of death related to Tasers.