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.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The winning argument in brief

The Six Million Dollar Argument: ...Our position is quite simple. Tasers admittedly cause severe muscle contractions which cause the muscles to produce lactate or lactic acid. As the acidity of the blood continues to rise, pH drops. If pH drops too far too quickly, cardiac arrest can occur. This is well documented in the medical literature.... Taser could have easily sent warnings to its customers, but choose not to do so. ... [LINK]

The logic is impeccable. There's not much wriggle room in there.

It seems likely that there are similar incidents on the record that have not yet been litigated.

And we haven't even gotten to the (19Hz low frequency, continuous 100% duty cycle) X26 yet.

Sometimes the pendulum swings so far that it just breaks off. And then they wish that they hadn't given it quite such a shove.

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