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.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

What value do you put on this 'expert opinion'?

Dorin Panescu, (a popular Google search topic [LINK]) an electrical engineer who received $92,896 from Taser International last year for his 'consulting work', opined "With a high degree of scientific certitude, it is my opinion that Mr. Dziekanski's death was not caused by, and not contributed by, the use of a TASER X26." [LINK]

Wow. He sounds pretty sure of himself doesn't he?

Self-evident cause-and-effect be damned? [LINK] [LINK]

Let's review:

1) No mention that he has any medical training, but he is offering an expert medical opinion on a cause of death? Where the hell is Mr. Daubert when you need him? [LINK]

2) I assume, and this is only an assumption, that his expert medical opinion is based on (for example) his computerized model of a perfectly-typical human being (see green uni-leg man below). [LINK] [LINK]

3) He's been paid nearly $100k (US) by Taser International (in one year?) for his consulting work. [ibid]

Let me ask the obvious question again: Does this computer model explain why people that are being tasered are either held-up by their fraternal brothers, or they fall down because their legs are knocked-out from under them? Now I'm no expert, but the computer model appears to show that the current distribution is tightly confined to the immediate area above the heart in this example. Thus resulting in a constriction of just one or two muscles in the chest directly above the heart. So why do people being tasered fall down? Does a dart have to hit an ankle to knock the legs out from under them?

It is because they just have one green uni-leg and they find it difficult to remain balanced? Inverted Weebles wobble and they DO fall down?

I thought that the claim was that the taser affected the muscles throughout the human body (except, of course, the heart [magic]), not just the exact muscles between the darts. How does that claim relate to this computer model which was intended prove how tightly limited the current distribution is?

I'd say listen to his expert medical opinion, but weight it by about (1/92,896).

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