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.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Nova Scotia report on "Excited Delirium"

The recent Nova Scotia report on the topic of "excited delirium" [LINK] had a tone that seemed almost defensive of this all-too-convenient excuse for far-too-many taser-associated deaths.

It's a bit like taking your car to a transmission shop, there's a fair chance your car's transmission is going to get taken apart and rebuilt, no matter if it really needed it or not. Without intending to be disrespectful to the panel of experts, it appears that they didn't include any excited delirium skeptics. If you ask for a report on "excited delirium", then you're gonna get a report on "excited delirium". It would have be amusing if they had submitted a one-page report with the response, "No such thing." - but that might be a bit much to expect.

The issue is not about the existance of a mental condition, or a set of behaviours, whose name the panel was just a bit too happy to adjust. 'Adventures in nomenclaturism.'

The issue is the rate of fatal outcomes with the application of the taser as compared to other approaches starting with de-escalation. In that respect the Nova Scotia report was a bit closer to the mark.

Also, very critically for the taser-safety issue which is larger than the topic of "excited delirium", there are plenty of reports of young, healthy, drug-free, non-excited, non-delirious people being tasered and ending up dead. The taser darts landing on the chest seem to be a suspiciously-common characteristic of such taser-associated deaths that obviously have nothing whatsoever to do with any "excited delirium" excuses.

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