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 6, 2008

How low is low?

In my immediately previous post [LINK] I tried to make clear that it is not fair to trade-off the lives of innocents against the lives of violent criminals that may be attacking the police. I tried to describe how the karma factor imposes a very high standard upon the taser.

So stating that the risk of death is "low" is not clear enough. "Well less than 1%" (even if that were true, which appears unlikely) is probably unsatisfactory.

Also, have a look at a previous post to understand the relativity of the viewpoint. [LINK]

The long and short of it is that these experts need to be more clear when they speak about low numbers.


And they need to direct their attention to full-on X26 deployments with the barbs across the chest and the 5-second cycle repeated several times. Washing out the statistics (by artificially increasing the denominator of the ratios, intentionally or otherwise) by including deployments that do not meet this riskiest deployment is misleading. When we try to consider this factor from our end, the real-world statistics are only made to look many times worse.

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