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, May 10, 2008

Reilly's "complicating factors" = rubbish

(Canwest News) Vancouver - "...Having reviewed summaries of deaths following Tasering, Reilly concluded that there were usually complicating factors such as illicit drugs or other medical conditions. ..." [LINK]

Both of these 'contributing factors' have been addressed in this blog.
  1. "illicit drugs" See this post: [LINK]
  2. "medical conditions" See this post: [LINK]

Also, as was previously discussed [LINK], police will obviously tend to come into contact with users of illegal drugs. So if the taser is intended to be sold to, and used by, the police, but it hasn't been designed to be 'safe' for the drug-using population that it will very commonly be used against, then some might claim that the designers would be criminally negligent for that stupid mistake.

That's why only taser fanboys (but not Taser) make this implied, but almost-unspoken, connection from drug use to some supposed increase in susceptibility to taser death. Taser will have nothing to do with the argument that drunks and drug addicts are more susceptible due to the obviously liability issue. But their fanboys keep implying it, which is fine for Taser.

Perhaps someone should ask Mr. Smith straight out what Taser's position du jour is regarding this question.

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