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.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Taser Director Kroll invokes "U.L."

Dr. Mark W. Kroll, Member of the Board of Directors of Taser International:

"The X26 taser satisfies the Underwriters Laboratory electric fence standards..." [LINK]

According to reports, tasers have NEVER been certified by the Underwriters Laboratory [LINK] [LINK]. And if it hasn't been tested by an approved laboratory (certified by U.L.), then this claim is essentially false.

It seems apparent that tasers would not, and could not, actually pass U.L.'s scrutiny. If they could, they would have already - and Taser International would be proudly claiming the fact (instead of leaving the false impression).

Kroll has been informed that the electric fence standards DO NOT APPLY to tasers for several very good reasons. Differences include application, waveform, duty cycle, frequency spectrum, and probably even build quality. He knows all this, and yet he chooses to ignore it.

Furthermore, the specified output from the X26 taser is 100 microcoulombs (100 uC). And yet the published X26 waveform graph clearly shows that "100 uC" is a significant understatement [LINK]. So even playing Kroll's semantic games, it's still not clear that the basic facts are exactly as he claims.

Taser International has reportedly had their wrist slapped before for falsely invoking the U.L. trademarks [ibed]. And here they go again...

It's like cleaning up after a pigeon. It only takes him about five seconds to emit the crap,but it takes us twenty minutes to clean it up.

[HT: CM & TNT]

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