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, June 13, 2008

Multiple shocks...

You've just finished tasering the subject for a full 5-second cycle. The taser shock is about 2000 times more painful than 'intolerable' pain, and - by most accounts - the most painful thing in the world. While they were writhing in pain on the ground, the only sound was the snap-snap-snap of the taser. Sure showed them, eh?

So now what?

What do you do after the 5-second cycle has completed?

What comes next?

You sort-of forgot to get in there and put on the handcuffs during that first 5-second cycle. And it's difficult to do that while holding the taser in your hand anyway - which makes the whole design concept of 'incapacitation' less than useful for a single 5-second deployment. What's the point of incapacitation if you're just going to stand there and enjoy the show? What was the purpose of the taser shock again? It's a bit unclear...

So, repeating the question: What comes next?

Only obvious answer: Another 5-second cycle in many cases.

And this even in the absence of any ill-will towards the victim/subject.

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