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.

Monday, May 11, 2009

"Drive to Remember" - remember this...

Do tasers really help to save police officers' lives?

A major study in the USA found that tasers do not actually reduce police officers' rate of serious injury. [LINK]

In Canada, 4 police were killed in the line of duty (through violence, not counting accidents and heart attacks) during the 5-year period of 1999-2003, as compared to 17 during the 5-year period of 2004-2008. More tasers, more taser use, and the result is significantly more police deaths (up x4). What gives?

What really seems to help is increased public scrutiny. Since the taser issue broke into public attention in late-2007, and with the evil-eye of public scrutiny upon them, police deaths through violence in Canada are way down (all the way to zero [2008]&[2009]). See [LINK].

These are difficult facts and figures to argue against. I recommend that you confirm them yourself at the www.ODMP.org/Canada [LINK] website.

My basic message here (and this is purely an opinion) is that if you buy-into Taser pathetic attempt to wrap themselves in the flags that actually belong to the families of the fallen, then you're being played like a trumpet.

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