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.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Usage creep - or just plain creepy usage?

West Memphis, AK (AP) - ...Police used a stun gun to subdue Dewayne Chatt during a scuffle Wednesday night as officers were trying to arrest him for loitering. ... Chatt was pronounced dead in his jail cell at 2:14 a.m. [Thursday morning] ...West Memphis police say it is standard procedure to use a stun gun when a suspect fails to comply with a command. [LINK]

Did the local authorities remember to give the victim medical attention between tasering him on Wednesday night and finding him dead in his jail cell very early the next morning? Or did they just toss him in the jail cell after tasering him?

Does failure to comply justify application of a measure that seems to be occasionally lethal? Is this standard policy based on an assumed level of safety as describe by the manufacturer? What is the risk (numerically)? Is this policy recommended by Taser? Do you still trust them? Did they tell you 2mA "average"? Did they ever mention 151 mA RMS?

Was this application of the taser better than a gun? Did it save a life? Would they have simply shot him with a gun for loitering or failure to comply if it weren't for the "life-saving" taser?

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