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 12, 2008

Taser distributor in France tries to muzzle elected official

Two bailiffs presented Monday to the mayor of the French city of Lille a summons from the company SMP Technologies, the exclusive distributor in France of the X26 taser. Asked last Sunday on Canal, whether she would equip municipal police officers in her city with the X23 the Mayor [Martine Aubry WIKI] responded, "It's dangerous there have already been 290 deaths in North America".

Antoine Di Zappo
[or something like that], owner of PMS Technologies [or something like that], said he was shocked [but not killed] by the statements of Martine Aubry he has since tried in vain to call her. He therefore decided to send a summons giving her 48 hours to "prove the facts of the 290 victims of which she spoke." "When we assume the highest responsibilities, we must therefore speak responsibly with out outlandish accusations." he says. If she does not give the names, we will sue for derogatory slander of our product. SMP Technologies has already a defamation suit against Olivier Besancenot who also spoke of Taser deaths. [LINK]

The names, 378+ now, are listed on the Truth ... Not Tasers blog [LINK].

For legal reasons, we tend to refer to these deaths as being "taser-associated" or "taser-related". Taser often calls them "taser-proximal".

Common sense indicates a connection, but the direct taser-shock-to-death causality has only been clearly legally established in a few cases. This is a result of the 'Proof Issue' wherein the weapon leaves no internal postmortem evidence.

But to be clear, Taser has been hit with a $6.2M judgment for 'Failure to Warn' in relation to the death of someone that was tasered and died. Also, some brave coroners are pointing directly at the taser as the cause of death (Pikes case).

Keep in mind that it only takes ONE example to prove Taser wrong in their claims of safety.

Just one.

Most reasonable observers would agree that we're now beyond that point. [LINK][LINK]

Which leaves only one possible conclusion...

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