Oh my, what an "Annus horribilis" Taser International is having in 2009. The Taser minions love Latin, so they'll understand that the phrase means 'horrible year' [LINK].
(Not to be confused with the world-famous "Anus horribilis" taser anal probing incident perform by an upstanding member of the Boise "Mounted" Police.)
Canada, France, now Australia...
"The controversial Taser stun guns may be scrapped in Queensland after a review warned that the weapons could kill and could not be modified to prevent a repeat of the death of a man this year when he was shot 28 times with the 50,000-volt device. The joint Crime and Misconduct Commission-police review, launched after the June heart-attack death of north Queensland man Antonio Galeano, has ordered an overhaul of police training and operational policy, requiring the stun guns to be used only when there is a 'risk of serious injury'. The review, to be released today and obtained exclusively by The Australian, marks the first time an Australian authority has recognised the possibility the stun guns can injure or kill, especially when fired repeatedly at a person." [LINK]
UPDATE: Another news report says an outright ban is not likely. [LINK]
Sounds almost like a repeat of the $3.7M Canadian Braidwood Inquiry.
I suppose we should expect that Taser International will shortly announce that they will be launching a lawsuit agaist the joint Crime and Misconduct Commission... LOL.
And are they daring to imply that the 'Cardiac Safety' webpage on the Taser International website, the page authored by their in-house taser safety "expert" Dr. (not a real, Medical Doctor) Mark W. Kroll, the safety information that compares multiple taser hits to being hit repeatedly by ping pong balls, ...are they daring to imply that this webpage is poor science and is wrong? Is that what they're saying? How dare they...
It must be terrible to be a scientist and find yourself on the wrong side of the growing consensus about taser safety. Especially when so many people and organizations have made life-and-death policy decisions based on your expert and professional advice.
"ping pong balls" my ass.
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