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, February 22, 2009

"No links, no studies, no findings" = BS

The above sort of "claims" are utter bull. They're either based on pure unabashed ignorance, or they're simply outright bald-faced lies.


Taser Use in Restraint-Related Deaths [LINK]

Use of a Taser was considered a potential or contributory cause of death in 27% [of the autopsy reports reviewed during this study].


37% [LINK] or 27%. With all the downward pressure on coroners and medical examiners over the years, these sorts of numbers can only be low ball ratios.

But this sort of fraction (about a third, as it stands today) can almost certainly be extrapolated to the entire List Of The Dead [LINK]. Adds up to 130 to 150 or so. With today's low ball fraction. These numbers can only increase wth time. Yikes.

And don't forget the fundamental unfairness of people that were not actual threats are being killed during an arrest. Given the ratio of overuse, most people that have had their death hastened by the taser did not deserve to die. Ethics folks - ethics.


By the way, this is the same study that noted that Cardiovascular disease was found in 54.1%. This rate is about eleven times (11x) higher than the population, which is an inconvenient fact that Taser needs to try to explain away. They claim there is no effect of the taser upon the heart. This 11x fact pokes a little hole in that claim, as it appears that the taser can selectively kill people if their hearts are not in perfect shape. Thus tasers carry "a risk of death" (RCMP, 2009).

Read more of this little annoying 11x fact right here: [LINK]. It's all explained in excruciating detail. And their chosen escape route (that the victims preselect themselves and therefore tend to have bad hearts) is totally shredded using some basic facts and very simple math.


Face facts - Taser International is screwed. And the sooner this fiasco runs its course, the better for all concerned. Can someone in Parliament please press the fast-forward button and get a moratorium passed ASAP? Please?

RCMP has admitted that tasers carry a risk of death and the manufacturer still will not agree. Until they do, and people like Chief Kaye are thereby forced to see the light, you must assume control.

This slow-drip of truth is just excrutiating.

2 comments:

sal said...

I visit from time to time and have a blast trying to rate your blood pressure. According to the scale I use, the double size red capital letters must have you about 200 over 120. You crack me up.

Excited-Delirium.com said...

My blood pressure is fine. Thanks for asking.

Seriously - there are many extremely thick-headed dolts out there. And they're continuously making inane statements and patently-false claims about tasers.

So perhaps it will help to occasionally use a large font, bright colours, monosyballic words and simple analogies to help them see the light.

You're either highly critical of tasers (etc.), or you simply don't get it.