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Good news re: Tasers

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Gaius Publius at AmericaBlog:

Hard on the heels of this post, about the repeated tasering of an 86-year-old woman — on oxygen, in her bed — by ten police officers . . . (still letting that one sink in) . . . comes this timely report of a legal crack in lie that tasers don’t kill. From the Vancouver Sun (h/t Hue-man in the comments; my emphasis):

VANCOUVER — The company that makes Tasers has lost its legal bid to quash a high-profile report that found the weapons can kill.
The British Columbia Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a legal challenge by Taser International to overturn results of the inquiry into the death of Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski.

The company was trying to quash retired justice Thomas Braidwood’s findings that the weapons increase the risk of fatal heart failure.
Dziekanski, 40, died on Oct. 14, 2007, at Vancouver International Airport after being Tasered five times by four RCMP officers responding to a 911 call.

Dziekanski’s "crime"? He was immigrating to live his mother, and after a 20-hour flight was held up 11 hours at Vancouver International. He couldn’t contact his mother, who was waiting elsewhere, and after "a brief confrontation with the RCMP officers, he was repeatedly Tasered and died." The killing occurred in 2007. RCMP Deputy Commissioner Gary Bass apologized in 2010 to Mrs Kziekanski.

In case you didn’t know, the RCMP are the Mounties. Time to revise that sparkly-toothed image of them?

There’s so much more to say on this subject, and Digby says much of it all by herself. Here’s me:

    Tasers kill.
    Sadistic cops love using them.
    As long as taser death is kept low-key, the abuse will continue.

A pretty sweet setup for some people, but a deadly mix for others. Score one for the good guys.

Written by LeisureGuy

15 August 2010 at 2:56 pm

Posted in Daily life, Government, Law

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  1. Poor guy, this is really a heart breaker, 30 hours traveling to be with his Mother and flips out and they kill him in the subduing. The only point in favor of the “dudley do rights” is that the guy was 6 foot 9 inches tall and one tough dude even by Mountie standards. Still no excuse for the Tazing and I feel so sorry for both him and the Mother imagine how she must of felt.


    15 August 2010 at 4:17 pm

  2. How can anyone taze a 85 year old woman …this is like freaky ???


    15 August 2010 at 4:18 pm

  3. Well, Stephen Colbert in the video at the link points out that an 86-year-old has the strength of TWO 43-year-olds (“Do the math!”).


    15 August 2010 at 4:24 pm

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