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.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

More from Dr. Dorian

The Star (1 June 2008) - Dr. Paul Dorian again: "They have to penetrate the skin," Dorian says. "And the charge has to be sufficiently prolonged." And if the Taser is to blame for a death, the victim would not hang on for a few hours, Dorian says. He would be dead within minutes, like Dziekanski. [LINK]

'penetrate the skin' - The tasers (M26, X26) have been designed with a 50,000 volt arc phase which is intended to establish a current path even in the absence of direct skin contact (let alone penetration) . All of Taser's information indicate that there would be little difference in the waveform whether the barbs penetrate the skin, or rely on the ionized path to make contact. It seems that Dr. Dorian hasn't understood this point. Or is Taser wrong?

'dead within minutes' - Not 15-seconds then? See previous post: [LINK] It seems like the maximum duration between a taser incident and subsequent associated death varies widely. Some claim 15-seconds, others claim "minutes". All this demonstrates is that they haven't got a clue. Most insurance companies allow up to one-year between cause and effect (and they're not exactly the generous sort).

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