Sunday, November 18, 2007

Another Taser Death

For at least the third time in since last week, a man has died after being shot with a Taser. The incident occurred when police in Frederick, Maryland responded to reports of a fight. The man was pronounced dead when taken to the local hospital.

Last Sunday, Robert Dziekanski was dead 43 seconds after being confronted by Vancouver International Airport security guards. He had became extremely distraught after waiting 10 hours because of an immigration processing delay.

Later that day, Quilem Registre was tasered by Montreal police after being pulled over for erratic driving. Police say he became aggressive during questioning and resisted arrest. He died later that night, becoming the 19th person killed in Canada this year by a Taser.


At 3:20 AM, Blogger Clay said...

Hey Liberal news media guy. How about printing things about how many time the TAZER has stopped fellonious behavior such as Aggrevated Batteries ETC. All you want to do is talk about the Deaths that u think were caused by TAZER. I guarantee that in a couple of weeks you will hear about the pre-existing condition that caused the death. Like probably every other of your "19" deaths that u are cunningly associating with the TAZER.

At 8:12 AM, Blogger Doran said...

Well, first of all, it's TASER, but your ignorance of this point is commonplace.

I think you misunderstand the point of my post. The Taser is often cited as a non-lethal device, but in fact death as a result of being Tasered is not infrequent. I suspect this "non-lethal" mindset leads to the use of a Taser when other means could be used.

Your mention of pre-existing conditions is perfectly illustrated by Nicholas Gaubert, who was in a diabetic coma when police Tased him after he didn't respond to police commands. That was hardly "fellonious behavior such as Aggrevated Batteries" [sic]. Fortunately for Mr. Gaubert, he didn't die.

I doubt the mother of Robert Dziekanski, the man killed in the Vancouver airport feels better knowing that criminals elsewhere have been stopped.

Finally, I'm certainly not claiming that people who die from a Taser are all innocent, only that they are dead. This is something people (whether it's cops or housewives) needs to keep in mind when using the weapon.

The Taser is not a non-lethal device. At best it's a less-lethal device, which should only be used when no safer method is available.


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