The Dullsvillain

Slinging mud at the media of Dullsville (aka Perth, Western Australia)

Anonymous taser fan rants and raves for WA Today

with 3 comments

WA Today’s initial coverage of the Ronald Mitchell story, in which a man burst into flames after he was shot in the face by a taser, was the most reasonable of Perth’s three news web sites.  By quoting the WA Aboriginal Legal Service (albeit at the end of the article), WA Today didn’t quite swallow the cops’ story as eagerly as PerthNow and thewest.com.au.

Never fear though, WA Today have finally lived up to their commentors’ expectations and scraped some anonymous quotes from the bottom of the source-barrel to create a story so shockingly irrelevant it makes The Daily Mail look contentious:

Ambo supports police stun guns

A volunteer ambulance officer who has treated a violent drunk after he was Tasered has backed the weapons.

The officer – who wanted to remain anonymous – arrived at a job to treat a man who was “lying flat on his back” after he was Tasered for swinging around an axe handle.

He spoke out in support of Tasers despite police launching an internal investigation into whether a Taser strike set fire to a 36-year-old man at a remote Indigenous community in the state’s north.

So basically, this guy is an expert in tasers because one time he gave first aid to a guy who was tasered.

And he wanted to remain anonymous because what now? Making these kind of comments might be ill-advised and unnecessary, but it isn’t personally dangerous or career-limiting.

Later we learn that part-time Ambo is also a Justice of the Peace (which I guess makes him an expert in justice and peace as well as tasers) and so he has nothing but praise for police because he has only come across one policeman who didn’t impress him in his WHOLE LIFE (he’s been an ambulance officer for 5 years, so he’s at least 23).

What a fatheaded prick. But I’m almost willing to forgive him. For a bloke who’s publically, anonymously ranted about a topic he’s had one tiny bit of contact with, you have to love the brazenness of this comment:

People who are ranting and raving either have had one bad experience (with police) and based their whole opinion on that or don’t know what they’re talking about.

Exactly.

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Written by Dick

July 23, 2009 at 10:53 pm

3 Responses

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  1. your old mate Patti has also offer her esteemed opinion on the matter of tasers. In a column titled ‘better the devil you know’, Patti argues that tasers are a good idea because police are slightly less incompetent with them than they are with guns, and have yet to kill a child.

    no, really

    skink

    July 24, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    • Oh god no.

      Thanks for the tip. This I gotta see.

      Dick

      July 24, 2009 at 9:52 pm

  2. […] Today, by contrast, continue to lose the race to the gutter by sticking with the boring “graphic”. Seems quite restrained, […]


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