Mission Statement - De-Spinning the Pro-Taser Propaganda

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


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.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Understatement of the week

Understatement of the week:

L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca added that he was concerned ... that deputies and supervisors may not have sufficiently explored alternatives to the stun gun. [LINK]

I've got an idea:

Perhaps the design of the taser devices could be modified so that some of the electric shock goes back through the handle so that the officers get a painful shock into their hand with each deployment. It would probably be relatively safe from the cardiac point of view since the path would just be across the one hand. Such "usage consideration feedback" might ensure that the officers fully consider the alternates before pressing the trigger. It would probably go a long way to sorting out some of the problems swirling around tasers and their all-too-frequent misuse.

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