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, May 13, 2008

Change 'BACK' to 'FAKE' in 4 steps

(CBC News) Vancouver - ...During his testimony, Reilly said studies commissioned by Taser International have pronounced the weapon as safe, but he pointed out that those studies avoided delivering the Taser's probes to the chest. "If you were concerned about avoiding a heart incident, that would be one reason why you'd put the Taser darts on the back," he told the inquiry. [LINK]

Those studies and statistics where the X26 barbs are placed anywhere except on the chest can be summarized by the word: FAKE.

I am not all that interested in taser safety where the taser is applied to someone's elbow, or thigh, or back. Let's sort out the worst case (chest, heart) and then we can extrapolate for the probable increased field safety of 'Drive Mode' and random barb placement (and missing the target completely). As opposed to washing out the denominator with FAKE data which is what someone would do if they had something to hide.

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