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.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

NY Daily News runs the numbers

NY Daily News (11 June 2008) - ...Based on the relative populations of Cincinnati and New York, the NYPD would electrify [taser] more than 12,000 people a year, more than than 30 a day, more than 230 a week. ...

Rand found a total of 25 incidents over several years in which cops might have been able to avoid firing weapons had they adopted different tactics. Why, maybe those cops could have used Tasers! Right, maybe they'd eliminate a handful of lawful gun discharges every year - while running the risk of Tasering thousands. Because that's what happens. Cops start using Tasers to subdue people whom they have traditionally take down by hand. ...

Consider Houston's experience. In 2007, the Houston Chronicle found that cops shot the same number of people after they were armed with Tasers and that, most often, they used the stun guns in traffic stops and other common circumstances. ...


CBC News found the same thing. Police gun-fire does not get reduced.

In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they're different.

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