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.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Tasers not tested

CTV - Police do not carry out routine tests on Taser guns... Engineering firm Intertek tested the two weapons fired during the Bagnell incident. Their research found while one Taser performed within a normal electrical output, the other was 30 times higher. ... Professor William Dunford of UBC's electrical engineering department was surprised to learn that police don't regularly check their Tasers. "It's reasonable that testing be done once a month or once a week, whatever is appropriate," Dunford said. "You look at how these things fail -- that's the whole engineering method." [LINK]

Here's my favorite extract from the above article:

"It means that police officers are unaware of the true electrical output of what has proven to be a lethal weapon."

Taser's non-PR and less-than-Legal departments may wish to follow-up with CTV News at 1-900-U-Silly-Twits. Yeah, good luck with that.

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