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.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Total cost of ownership

This isn't new news, but I hadn't noticed it until today.

There have been a few modest settlements for instances of taser abuse. For example $40,000 (Utah) and $49,000 (Lubbock, TX). But I've felt that those settlements were on the low side. They are too cheap to have any long term impact on policy. But in Alaska the jury awarded $1.8 million, and in September 2007 the parties settled for $575,000. [LINK][LINK]

Political leaders may wish to contemplate the total cost of ownership when making their equipment and procurements decisions.

Let's see:
  1. Spare batteries
  2. Replacement cartridges
  3. Holsters
  4. Training
  5. Legal fees
  6. Multi-million dollar lawsuits
  7. ...

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