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 22, 2008

YouTube meltdown coming soon...

The brain trust at Taser is introducing a new walkie-talkie video-audio recording thingy gadget.

It's called ASSON or something like that. I guess after the phrase Asses On... (...flash memory, as opposed to video tape).

It's yet another device to hang onto the already-overloaded officers' belt.

If these well-equipped police officers ever fall face-first into a 4-inch deep puddle after a short, staggering and ultimately unsuccessful jog chasing after a sprinting perpetrator, they'll probably drown due to the excess weight hung onto their belt. (Psst: You might want to consider a quick-release buckle for those belts.)

The actual long-term effects, completely unpredicted by Taser, will be:
  • This ASSON system will force YouTube to install another bank of video servers into their underground lair beneath the hollowed-out volcano. A new coal-fired electric power station will be built just to supply the 'taser-abuse' section of YouTube.
  • This ASSON system will provide vastly-improved evidence (of taser abuse, etc.) that will result in many more massive lawsuits, huge settlements, and some smaller jurisdictions actually going bankrupt.

Do you think that ASSON will help to solve the taser-abuse issue? No, of course it won't...

YouTube is ALREADY full of taser-abuse videos leading directly to huge payouts. The police in these famous cases abused their tasers already knowing that they were being recorded. In the heat of the moment, video recording doesn't seem to matter (perhaps because the taser training is SO bad). But video evidence will help the plaintiffs in securing a quick ~$40,000 settlement, or a much-slower, much-larger settlement.

In fact, I expect that there will eventually be some blow-back. Sooner or later some of the ASSON video will be used against Taser. A product failure caught 'on tape'. An immediate taser-associated death caught 'on tape' for the jury's benefit. The irony will be delicious.

Taser claims that the ASSON will 'protect truth'. To paraphrase the words of the fictional Col. Nathan R. Jessep [LINK], I'm not sure if Taser can "...handle the truth!"

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