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.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Fake demos and the faking fakers that fake them

When tasers are shot towards people on the street, they are usually aimed at the front of the victim. When victims die (as seems to happen once in a while), there seems (based on the news) to be a statistical surplus of hits to the chest.

When tasers are used during training and demonstrations, they are almost always fired into the subject's back. People are sometimes hurt during such training, but deaths associated with being tasered in the back are essentially non-existent.

This story includes a picture of a typical fake taser demo into the back. [LINK]

Until Taser starts mandating taser training hits directly to the chest, then you can't believe any of their claims. If they worry about darts hitting eyes, then reel out the wires and tape them to the subject's chest directly across the heart. The fact that they don't use this method for training is very revealing.

Fake. Cheap stage trick.


There is also the open question about the "low powered" training tasers mentioned in the recent Troopergate story.

[Updated]

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