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.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

"Coroner says taser a factor in death"

Cincinnati.Com - A shock from a police taser played a role in the death of a Miami University graduate in April, the Hamilton County Coroner's Office ruled. ...report states that the evidence clearly shows that the taser had been used only once, and that the barbs hit Piskura in the chest. [LINK] [faulty link fixed]

Let's review the implications of this finding ("taser played a role in the death").

According the Taser's worldview, this can't possibly be true. They believe, and I mean 'BELIEVE!' in a religious sense (utter faith); they believe that their product is safe.

Oh sure, they warn about some common sense dangers such as falling from heights, or drowning in water, but I have not seen any evidence or information indicating that they acknowledge any (ANY!) internal risk factor associated with or related to cardiac mechanisms. I believe it is fair to summarize their position as: the taser cannot possible affect the heart.

But here we have yet-another-coroner finding that the taser played a role in a death.

If the coroner is right, then Taser's worldview and faith is wrong.

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