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 20, 2008

Prediction: zero tolerance

My prediction: If there is even one more taser-associated death in Canada during the rest of 2008, there will be a very large public/political/media reaction (a complete 'sh_t storm' raining down). I guess this isn't really a very risky prediction. I hope we have no opportunity to test it.

Background: After five taser-associated deaths in just three months (September to November) in Canada in late-2007, there have been none since (more than six months). This step-change occured at the same time that the Canadian public became outraged over the taser issue.

Related Question: By the way, this is step-change is extremely significant evidence in itself. Why does a massive public outcry in late-2007 affect the lethality of arrest techniques involving (or not) the taser? This is a very interesting question worth exploring further. More data: [LINK]

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