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.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Blood pH - which direction would be good?

RCMP Commissioner said: "The RCMP's revised [Taser] policy underscores that there are risks associated with the deployment of the device and emphasizes that those risks include the risk of death, particularly for acutely agitated individuals." [LINK]

Now, I'm not a doctor. But there's nothing particularly complicated about the following.

In an 'acutely agitated individual', assuming that they've worked themselves into a state of over-exertion, and their blood pH is possibly at dangerous levels, then does it seem like a good idea to shoot them with a taser, that "can" (I guess, assuming it works at all) cause extreme levels of muscle lock-up - which is a form of massive physical exertion - which can only make things in the 'Blood pH' department much worse?

Which way do you want to go? One step closer to death?

And significantly, the taser totally bypasses any built-in survival mechanisms that might naturally keep the subject from actually (i.e. in the real world) killing themselves through over-exertion.

That's a key difference - between what the subject might be ALMOST doing to themselves (naturally limited by built-in survival mechanisms), and what boundary the taser can push them right through and beyond.

The taser lacks any such natural limiting feed-back signals. It just stupidly and blindly locks-up the muscles (a massive form of over-exertion).

The taser could probably lock-up the muscles on a fresh corpse.

The operator might have been "trained" (if you can call it that) to hold the trigger down until the victim stops "fighting" (i.e. stops moving).

The outcome, in the worst cases, is perfectly obvious.


Critical Mass said...

I just sent this to the TNT Blog:

"What can a "good cop" do to avoid having to use a Taser, or carry it on his duty belt?

I have several good friends, whom are in Law Enforcement, and whom absolutely detest having to carry or use Tasers in the execution of their job.

I have told them that they should complain to their Supervisor or Sheriff, that their 50,000 Volt Tasers aren't "water-proof" and do not carry the "UL Listed & Tested" assurance of electrical safety.

My friends in Law Enforcement agree that the "dirty secret" about Tasers is the fact that officers with a "score to settle" attitude, or an extreme "control", "obey OR ELSE!" mindset, will be quick to draw and use their Taser .....and use their Taser .......and use their Taser.

Just tell your supervisor that you refuse to carry a 50,000 Volt Output Weapon which hasn't been tested by UL, if you are an Officer who suspects that your use of a Taser may result in a homicide, and that you will be the "proximate cause of a death".

Excited-Delirium.com said...

Keeping 'dirty secrets' about abusive fellow officers, is, quite literally, a crime against humanity.

They should carefully document the evidence, and then allow it to leak to the media.

Copies of dash cam videos are a particularly good thing to allow to leak.

No need to suffer the mental anguish of covering up for sleezy officers. It gives the MANY good ones a very bad name.

Feel free to pass along my free advice. You should be able to work into a workable system.