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, March 1, 2009

Herding cats... Part Deux

The [Dziekanski] inquiry ... heard previously that the taser was fired five times and for a total of 31 seconds. The three final activations were in “push-stun” mode, the device’s pain-compliance setting. [LINK]


The X26 taser does not have a pain-compliance 'setting'.

The single-level output is designed to incapacitate, and was set to achieve that goal with a wide (un-)safety margin of +46%. [LINK]

When used in the so-called drive-stun pain compliance mode (which should be called 'Touch Torture' mode) without shooting the darts and wires, its output is unchanged.

[The specification sheet lists only one output level for both modes of deployment.]

It is simply pressed into the flesh where it causes burns. [LINK]

That electrical output is approximately 2000 times that which would be required to cause intense pain. [LINK]

So, the design concept is flawed from the outset.

The pain caused, by design, is vastly excessive (for "pain compliance").


PS: It is also indistinguishable from using the glowing end of a lit cigarette from the practical effects, or the ethical, moral, and legal view points. [LINK] [LINK]

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