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.

Friday, August 29, 2008

The fundamental issue...

"A vastly understated risk of death."

I used these words in a recent post and it struck me that they might just be the best description of the fundamental issue. And this fundamental mistake leads to all that is bad about the taser (beliefs, 'faith', policy, training, overuse, misuse, and abuse).

If everyone was aware that the risk of death might actually be as much as four or five orders of magnitude higher than has been claimed, then perhaps the police wouldn't be trained to (mis-)use the taser to, for example, encourage a DUI suspect to produce their hands for cuffing. [LINK]

We've reached a point where some jurisdictions are suddenly surprised to see their second mysterious taser-associated death. [LINK]

Old rule-of-thumb: "Once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, three times is enemy action."

So I guess we'll have to wait until Round 3 before the less sensitive observers figure it out.

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