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.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Taser-associated deaths plotted by month

Based on The List [LINK] at the Truth...Not Tasers blog [LINK].

Rate is still holding close to the average of seven taser-associated deaths per month.

The small green circle in 2003 indicates approximately when the X26 taser was introduced to the market. Many of the characteristics of the X26 waveform are the opposite of what Taser had claimed were safe on the older 1999-era M26 taser. Notice what happened to the 6-month running average (black line) starting at that point; it is almost a step function from less than one per month to about seven per month.

But I guess that's just a coincidence...


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