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.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

"You won't find them..." Really? UPDATE

A few posts back I mentioned the article by Capt. Greg Meyer (ret.) - SPONSORED BY TASER.

He stated that "...you won't find..." any studies critical of taser safety.

So I sent him a sample list of five such studies. The list was intended to be just a simple counter-example with four spares. There are many more such studies.

So Capt. was WRONG. He didn't do his research. He claims to have a journalism degree, but he merely prints propaganda from Taser. He apparently wasn't even aware of the ever-growing science on the other side of the issue. Not very good journalism. Seriously.

So, prompted by my e-mail, Capt apparently called up his apparently-good-friend, a certain millionaire Director of Taser: Dr. Mark Kroll, and updated his article with a Kroll-quote (i.e. rubbish) without backing down. Kroll basically states that swine models are a poor replacement for human studies.

Okay humanoid-with-a-bowtie; stop talking and open your shirt.

I challenge Dr. Millionaire Kroll to allow an experiment to be conducted upon his person.

An X26 taser directly across the chest (with barbs carefully placed for worst case highest risk) and tasered repeatedly until the batteries run out (about 200 five-second shocks). This should be about 16 minutes duration, not including the short gaps between each trigger press. This shouldn't take any more than about half an hour.

According to Dr. Kroll's theories, he will be perfectly fine. No risk of any cardiac impact.

And I'd like to see the test supervised by Ruggieri to ensure that Taser doesn't pull any funny business.

So - just do it. Put up or shut up.

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