Mission Statement - De-Spinning the Pro-Taser Propaganda

Yeah right, 'Excited Delirium' my ass...


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

An old Tuttle-quote worth highlighting...

February 21, 2003 [LINK]

Dear Editor, ...As for electrical output causing death, our M26 output of 0.162 amps is less 1/100th the dangerous level of electrical energy for cardiac tissue. ... Sincerely, Stephen Tuttle, Director of Government Affairs [Taser International]

Steve Tuttle is the present-day Spokespuppet for Taser International.

The 1999-era M26 output of "0.162 amps" can also be written as 162 milliamps.

This is the RMS value - not the misleading average value now highlighted by Taser.

Anyone that knows anything about electricity would know that 162 milliamps is enough to raise some major alarms bells regarding safety.

The electrical industry uses RMS measurements because they know that averages can be misleading. Measurements marked 'average' are a red flag to experienced electrical engineers. Only noobies, or people with something to hide, would use averages on a complex waveform.

It's worth keeping this information in the forefront to counteract Taser's not-so-subtle campaign to shift the world's attention away from the RMS value to the misleading average value.

Next you need to mix this detail into the newer 2003-era X26. It's output current is a bit less at about 150 mA RMS. But the X26 walked away from the previously-claimed M26 safety factors of high frequency and very low duty cycle.

See [LINK] for more details of this smoking gun of failure.

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