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, June 7, 2008

Liability flowed down to Taser

More on Heston v. City of Salinas.

His parents sued Taser, alleging failure to warn of the dangers of the weapon, and Salinas police officers, claiming excessive force. The jury "exonerated the police because they said the police didn't know repeated exposures could kill someone", Burton said. [LINK]

It's interesting how the liability has been totally flowed down to Taser and it is based on the flawed information coming from them.

Call it The Price of Propaganda.

In some of my previous posts, I have stated that the root cause of some of these incidents seems to be the (missing or mis-) information coming from Taser. It's nice to see that the legal system is moving to the same opinion.

You can bet that Taser will be named on every taser-associated lawsuit from now on. A precedent such as this can certainly result in a legal pile-on.

And to put things into perspective, this one judgment is worth about 1% of the total market capitalization for Taser. Just one judgment. 1% might sound small - but would you want to have 1% of your body mass sliced-off, with or without anesthetic?

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