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, February 24, 2009

Chief Kaye didn't get the memo...

In the wrong we have...

"We reiterate that to date, there is no evidence, either scientific or medical, that a conducted-energy weapon has been the direct cause of death anywhere, at any time, on any person," Chief Tom Kaye, vice-president of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, said in a news conference in Ottawa. [LINK]

And in the right we have...

...Dr. Randolph Williams, ruled in June that Pikes' death was a homicide. Williams said he consulted with two other coroners, and both agreed that Pikes died of cardiac arrest caused by the taser shocks. [LINK] [LINK]
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This one example clearly contradicts Chief Kaye assertion.

Which makes him WRONG.


And that's just one example of many dozen where links have been established between taser use and death. Studies have shown that between 27% and 37% of all taser-associated deaths were linked by the coroner to the use of the taser. Taser fan-boys will continue to deny the link, but it is firmly established.

Even Taser International has slyly retreated from the position taken by Kaye. Taser International used to make that claim of no link with a world-wide coverage, but they're since been forced by the inevitable build-up of the statistics of failure to retreat to an "only in Canada" claim. [LINK] [LINK]

I guess Kaye didn't get the memo.

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