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.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Civilian taser provides 90- [30-?] second mode...

Oh - my - god...

"...a key function of the civilian Taser that differs from the police version: When the trigger is pressed three times, the civilian model pumps out current for 90 seconds. That enables the user to place the unit on the ground and leave the area, while the target remains temporarily incapacitated." (link)

With all the news about how long-duration taserings (with police models) can be very dangerous, doesn't this 90-second option seem to be insane? The only possible factor might be that the civilian model has a much weaker waveform and that this would increase the safety margin.

Further investigation required...

[Update: Other sources say it is a 30-second mode, not 90-second.]

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