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, July 12, 2008

Tasered 9 times and died (ruled a homocide)

See It all goes here blog [LINK] which leads to Tasered while black blog [LINK]

What is the simplest possible explanation for these sorts of tragic taser-associated deaths?

The pro-taser camp insists that such taser-associated deaths are always the result of some variable and complicated series of coincidences and the taser has nothing to do with any death. On the other hand, taser critics simply think that the taser might be lethal for some people, under some conditions, and perhaps involving bad luck (such as dart placement).

The pro-taser camp is fixated on the center of the bell curve. They've shown that the taser is probably safe for those normal and healthy people and average circumstances in the middle of the bell curve. Fine. But they've done next-to-nothing to investigate the edge of the bell curve. They'd like to deny the existence of any risk-of-death in the outlying populations and circumstances.

Some of their claimed safety factor is based on dart placement (Webster), but they also claim that the taser is perfectly incapable of stimulating the heart under any circumstances (Kroll). Notice how these basis of claims of safety have been distributed to various in-house and external 'experts' in accordance with their legal defense plan. You'll never see Taser and Kroll depending on dart placement for their claims of safety. Interesting.

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