Mission Statement - De-Spinning the Pro-Taser Propaganda

Yeah right, 'Excited Delirium' my ass...

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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, June 18, 2009

"Tasers cannot affect the heart" vs. the ugly results

A Queensland (Australia) man [Antonio Galeano] shocked 28 times by a police officer with a 50,000-volt taser died of a heart attack within minutes, an autopsy has confirmed. [LINK]

The stun gun's US manufacturers have claimed the weapon cannot cause a heart attack.


Tasers are safer than Tylenol.

Tasers have a large safety margin.

The only risks of death are the following: 1) unauthorized replacement parts, and 2) falling down and banging ones' head. [Official Taser Warning (paraphrased, please refer to the original for complete details. Search the document for the word 'death'.)]


To be complete, the news reports also indicate that Mr. Galeano was an amphetamine addict and had an existing heart condition. Taser fan-boys will be quick to claim cover from these contributing factors.

But Taser International can't. They can't claim that the "taser is safe, except for drug users." They're not selling these things to maintain order at church picnics. They're being sold to police for use on the drug-infested streets. So if the taser can cause a heart attack in a drug user, then it's not reasonable to call it "safe".


Taser International is in for a rough ride in Australia. It'll be a repeat performance of what they've experienced in Canada, except a bit warmer and with more poisonous spiders and snakes.

2 comments:

Jan said...

The way taser deaths are reported in my city is that the dead person either had drugs on them, had drugs in their system or were known drug users. The superficial meaning is that the interaction between the drugs and the taser caused the death, although that in itself is an argument not to tase. The underlying meaning is that if you take drugs you deserve to die. You are an expendable person. The logic applied to allowing tasers is non-existent. In Minneapolis, MN, where I live, the taser manual used to say (before it was secretly gutted) that an officer couldn't taser an obviously pregnant woman, or a person with a history of heart problems (paraphrase). I didn't realize that officers took a medical history before tasing someone. They should. It's the polite thing to do. Tasers are a TORTURE DEVICE. They do not have the same affect as shuffling across a rug on a dry winter day and touching a doorknob, as our current police chief, Tim Dolan, once said in public.

Excited-Delirium.com said...

Victims being more susceptible because they had drugs in their system is a strategy that Taser International cannot touch. They sell tasers to police. Police work the streets. If tasers are "safe" EXCEPT for drug users, and taser failed to warn, then they're heavily liable.

It's a "50% Off Sale" that they cannot afford. I've made a previous post on this same subject.

It's a theory that they leave to their idiot and supposedly-arms-length fan-boys to promote.

Thanks for your comment.