There are two models of tasers still in common use: The older M26 was introduced in 1999. The newer X26 taser was introduced in 2003. They have different waveforms. The M26 waveform is high frequency and very low duty cycle. The X26 waveform contains a DC pulse that creates (is) low frequency and thus is 100% continuous duty cycle. I've explained all this many time before on this blog.
RCMP pull M26 tasers for testing [LINK]
B.C. orders M26 tasers off street [LINK]
N.S. RCMP pulls M26 tasers [LINK]
All the evidence that I've seen indicates that the newer X26 taser is the model that is actually involved with more taser-associated deaths (per deployment) than the older M26.
And here the police go, pulling all the older (apparently safer) M26 tasers.
Please refer to my previous post X26-bias in taser-associated deaths? [LINK] and please read it very carefully.
According to the CPC report, during the period 2002-2007 the older M26 taser was actually used by the RCMP three times more often than the newer X26. And yet, the Canadian taser-associated deaths are 100% X26 - at least for all cases where the taser model is identified. That's pretty strange. [ibid]
Is anyone going to follow-up on this? This is all just hints and suspicions at this point. And most of the available data for taser-associated deaths strangely omits any mention of the taser model used.
It's not just about meeting the manufacturer's specifications. The fact is that it appears that Taser International and their minions failed to notice the implications of the new X26 waveform and its DC pulse. They've (accidentally) given-up their explicitly-stated safety factors of high frequency and low duty cycle. And they continued to claim these safety factors even after they were long gone with the introduction of the X26.
The X26 was introduced in 2003. Find the year 2003 on the following graphic.
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