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

Quote of the Week - "...it's a toy."

Prof. Savard quipped, “If it’s not a weapon and it’s not medical equipment, it’s a toy.

Weapons manufacturers also undergo strict objective scrutiny from outside safety agencies. Tasers, however, qualify as neither medical instruments nor weapons, and are therefore subject only to the manufacturer’s testing standards. [LINK]

At least the safety of toys would be regulated (in the USA) by the Consumer Product Safety agency.

A spokesman for Taser International defended the quality standards. Which, if you've followed the issue, is obviously empty nonsense. Real-world testing sponsored by CBC/RC found that about 10% of tasers in the field were out of spec. Taser International was apparently unaware of this issue.

Tasers that fail low are not safe; their lack of full effectivity can escalate an incident and lead directly to death by gun fire. This sequence has actually happened quite a few times. It opens a new avenue for lawsuits. One was recently filed by an officer shot in the face by a shoplift suspect after the taser was ineffective.

An organization with moral maturity would address these sorts of issues differently. It's as if we're dealing with children. They need a good spanking.

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