Mission Statement - De-Spinning the Pro-Taser Propaganda

Yeah right, 'Excited Delirium' my ass...

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The primary purpose of this blog is to provide an outlet for my observations and analysis about tasers, taser "associated" deaths, and the behaviour exhibited by the management, employees and minions of Taser International. In general, everything is linked back to external sources, often via previous posts on the same topic, so that readers can fact-check to their heart's content. This blog was started in late-2007 when Canadians were enraged by the taser death of Robert Dziekanski and four others in a short three month period. The cocky attitude exhibited by the Taser International spokespuppet, and his preposterous proposal that Mr. Dziekanski coincidentally died of "excited delirium" at the time of his taser-death, led me to choose the blog name I did and provides my motivation. I have zero financial ties to this issue.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Here's one of the people that should be sued...

Link= Sock-puppet stands on hind legs and speaks at taser-fanboy conference

'Safer than Tylenol' my ass. I'll bet/hope that Tylenol/McNeil sues his butt into the next galaxy.

People are tasered and then they (sometimes) die. And this ding-dong is their expert? No wonder they're in trouble.

Scuzzy Taser is in a different realm than Tylenol/McNeil. Any reputable company would issue a recall on a defective or dangerous product. McNeil is just such a reputable company. Taser is not.

Sue sue sue and sue some more is the only solution.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Number of shocks...

It should be noted that the ticking sounds that you hear from some Taserings represents individual shocks. They might claim (for example) that they only shocked the victim twice. Actually, each tick represents another shock waveform.
So if you hear something like this:

Tick tick tick tick tick tick
pause
Tick tick tick tick tick tick

Then that is TWELVE shocks, not two.


Update: I later discovered that the X26 taser produces 19 shocks per second. The M26 produces between 11 and 25 shocks per second. The manufacturer recommends a good five-second jolt, followed by more if the first one was not sufficiently amusing. This means that the victim is actually getting a blast of about ONE HUNDRED shocks, followed by another ONE HUNDRED over and over again. One victim in the USA was shocked continuously for 2 minutes and 49 seconds which is more than THREE THOUSAND shocks.

Confucius say:

Unlikely becomes inevitable when you keep trying.

I think that they cover that point in Grade 7...

'Careless disregard' ?

Link= Idiots...

"...incapacitate subjects at ranges up to 30 yards..."

A distance from where you can't clearly see what you're doing.

Sue sue sue and sue some more.

Never say 'never'.

Link = Never say 'never'

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Amnesty International on tasers

Link= continuing concerns
Link= Amnesty on Tools of Torture
Link= Amnesty on Taser ("-Related") Deaths

CBC Map of Taser-Related Deaths in Canada

Link= CBC Interactive Map of Taser-Related Deaths in Canada

Ah, excuse me. Why does our National Broadcaster have an interactive map of "taser-related" deaths in Canada? Any particular reason that you can think of? Anything at all?

Excited Delirium

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Excited delirium is a controversial term used to explain deaths of individuals in police custody, in which the person being arrested, detained, or restrained is highly agitated and may be under the influence of stimulants. The term is not recognized in DSM-IV-TR, but has been listed as the cause of death by some medical examiners. There may also be a controversial link between excited delirium deaths and the use of Tasers to subdue agitated people.

In August 2007, Royal Canadian Mounted Police changed its force's protocol on Taser use, from discouraging multiple Taser shocks to suggesting that multiple shocks may bring a subject in a state of excited delirium under control more quickly. ...


Excessive force

Some civil-rights groups argue that the term is being used to absolve police of guilt while possibly overly restraining people during arrests. The cause of death only appears where police are involved in restraining individuals.

[In other words, people do not normally die from this so-called condition.]