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.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Perplexing trend, eh?

2007 - six taser-associated deaths in Canada [LINK] (Barber, Castagnetta, Dziekanski, Registre, Hyde, Knipstrom)

2008 - six taser-associated deaths in Canada (Marreel, Langan, Reilly, Frachette, Grimolfson, Bowe)

2009 (7 months) - just one taser-associated death in Canada (Prentice)

That's a fairly sharp drop-off. Caused directly by the public's outrage [LINK] and the policing community's painfully slow realization that they've been sold a bill-of-good on taser safety (*).

(* Safety - with respect to internal cardiac or similar effects that carry a risk of death. We're not here to discuss twisted fingers and sprained ankles. [LINK])

Although there are some alternate explanations on offer, they won't stand-up to skeptical scrutiny. The plain and simple explanation is that tasers can cause death, especially when deployed against acutely agitated individuals.

Is anyone willing to provide the M26 vs. X26 taser model death rate? It would be very strange if the "excited delirium" virus (or similar nonsensical excuses) show a statistically significant bias for one particular model of taser (X26) versus another (M26). I don't have access to complete data (because it's being kept very close to the chest), but the limited data that is available seems to show that the taser-associated deaths are more commonly involving the X26, even during those periods when the M26 was actually being deployed more often. [LINK]

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