Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Is anyone else sensing some kind of pattern here?

Yesterday in Ontario :
Man causes public disturbance.
Police TASER™ man.
Man dies.

Two weeks ago, a federal jury in California did :
"A federal jury has held Taser International responsible for the death of a Salinas man in U.S. District Court in San Jose on Friday, and awarded his family more than $6 million in punitive and compensatory damages.
An attorney for the family called the verdict a “landmark decision,” and indicated that it was the first time Taser International had been held responsible for a death or injury linked to its product."

Here is how Taser International reported it in their news release :
"Jury Finds Extended Taser Device Application 15 Percent Responsible for Arrest Related Death"
TASER™ is appealing the decision.


Q said...

15% responsible is small comfort when you're 100% dead.

Alison said...

I'm guessing the other 85% is possibly astrological in origin.

Anonymous said...

(don't forget the dash)

400+ posts about tasers. Tons of analysis and opinion. Much pro-taser propaganda shredded and their arguments destroyed.

Pass it on (please).

Includes links to other blogs such as 'Truth ... Not Tasers'.

Alison said...

An excellent resource, Anon. I've linked to it once or twice before myself :
Excited Delirium

RossK said...

Ya but Q, when they appeal, lose and it goes to 100%, the good news is that the family will get another 5.67 X $6 million which, if I'm not mistaken, is rumoured to be approximately the same amount that TI spends on flack hackery monthly.


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