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.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Denominator washing

When you want to achieve an attractive ratio, and you can't really do anything about the numerator, then perhaps you can turn your attention to the denominator. If you can can get away with inflating the denominator, then it artificially decreases the resultant ratio.

I call it denominator washing.

That's why I cry FAKE when Taser tries to include those obviously much safer (cardiac wise, as backed-up by a recent study [LINK]) training sessions where the taser is applied almost anywhere except across the chest. [LINK]

And there have been reports that an officer yelling "Taser taser taser" counts as a taser deployment in some departments.

Increase the denominator to flatten out the overall statistics.

Compare "6 in one million (worst case)" to this approximately renormalized extremely-rough guesstimate: [LINK]

Take the 2008 Taser Challenge: [LINK]

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