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.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

The 'Moth + Light' taser deployment model

Brooksville, FL -- The [taser] knocked [Justin Robert Miller] to his knees. When Miller tried to get up, the deputy [activated] the taser a second time, then a third time, and once more. When Miller tried to lunge at another deputy, Cari Grasso, Junker sprayed him with pepper spray, finally subduing him. [LINK]

So the five-second taser bursts are not actually being used provide an opportunity for the police to move in and hand-cuff the subject (as has been more-or-less promised on the tin). The five-second taser hits are simply being used, even in this dart deployment mode example, as a form of pain compliance - repeated until the moths get tired of banging into the light bulb (four times in the case).

Decision makers that may have been left with the impression that the purpose of the taser is to incapacitate the subject, with the subject neatly hand-cuffed at the end of the first deployment cycle (or maybe the second), may wish to consider if that is actually how tasers are being used.

Apparently not, judging by reports such as these.

And judging by the many examples of repetitive taserings (strangely correlated with taser-associated deaths, considering that there's supposedly zero connection [rolls-eyes]).

Is this how the taser training says to do it?

'Taser the subject until he stops moving.' [??]

(See previous post on the same subject: [LINK].)

Do you see any problems with this Moth + Light deployment model?

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