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.

Friday, September 25, 2009

The Fake Forest Study

He cited studies such as the work of Dr. William Bozeman at Wake Forest University, who examined 1,200 cases of Taser use by police and found serious injuries occurred less than one percent of the time.

The Wake Forest study included a data set with two (2) taser-associated deaths. But those deaths "didn't count" because they were not found to be taser deaths. They were "excited delirium" or other 'nothing-to-see-here-move-along' deaths.

For those that step back and note the larger picture of Taser International promoting "excited delirium", suing coroners, and manipulating the entire system - this exclusion of these two deaths is circular logic at the very highest level.

Furthermore, my quick review of the study indicates that the two taser-associated deaths would be considered low for the size of the population as compared to the rate of taser-associated deaths in the whole USA. If the data set was representative, it should have included about five taser associated deaths. This is based only on population numbers. But it makes one suspicious.

It's probably a good time to remind readers that the American Medical Association found that tasers can cause death, directly or indirectly. That's the AMA! Not to mention the UN, the RCMP, Amnesty International, and others.

The Wake Forest study, by naively excluding the two taser-associated deaths included in its raw data set, and by using a data set that appears to be unrepresentative of the larger US experience, provides nothing on the question of taser safety (with respect to death).

And those that hold this study up as evidence on The Main Issue, they are revealing themselves as propagandists.

UPDATE: See [LINK].

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