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.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Taser International's many studies

Lots of studies. Very few, if any, provide any useful information with respect to low to moderate (depending how you structure the question) risk of death.

Many of their so-called "studies", in addition to other flaws, prove nothing more than that there is almost certainly not a HIGH risk of death.

Yeah, well duh!

With sample sizes in the range of 20 or 40, it is as if they're trying to avoid the low-end of single digits risk of death (again, depending on how you structure the question).

These are well-educated people. They attended Statistics-101. They know that many of their studies do not even begin to answer The Question. They know exactly what they're doing.

But Judge Braidwood et al saw right through it.

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