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.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

The sound of silence (from medical examiners)

A company spokes-moron states that 'no medical examiner in Canada has pointed to the taser as a contributing factor in any deaths.'

Yeah, but there seems to be a backlog of mysterious taser-associated deaths.

The sequence is often like this: Tasered. Died (with a statistical surplus of chest hits). No other cause-of-death forthcoming (even months later). And remember that if a taser did cause a death, it would leave no internal postmortem evidence.

There are several recent examples of young, healthy, non-excited, non-delirious people dying immediately after being tasered in the chest. As opposed to all those brave taser trainees that are carefully tasered in the back (NEVER the chest).

And someone should investigate the relationship between Taser and medical examiners in Canada. Is Taser calling these folks to influence their findings? If so, why? Time to call some witnesses and ask some pointed questions. "Have you ever been contacted by anyone from Taser, or anyone in Canada with an interest in tasers?" (Hey! Just asking!)

This isn't rocket science folks.

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