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, October 2, 2009

More quotes from Dr. Bozeman

Background: The findings represent a three-year review of 1,201 CEW uses at six law enforcement agencies across the United States. The study was funded by the National Institute of Justice.

(Note, those 1201 taser "uses" are washed-out and would not be limited to just full taser hits, dart deployment mode, to potentially dangerous locations on the subject's body. For example, if a subject was shocked in the so-called drive stun mode, "touch torture" mode in my jargon, right in the leg, it would be counted as a 'CEW Use' for this study. It's a study that, by it's very design, is an example of denominator washing.)

"The Taser is a weapon and it can clearly cause injuries and even deaths in some cases," Bozeman said. [LINK]

While the research found that stun guns are safe, Bozeman cautioned, "These are serious weapons. They absolutely have the potential to injure or kill people." ...

...In the cases reviewed for the study, two people died, but autopsies found neither death was related to use of a Taser [circular logic at the highest level]. ...

...Three people were hospitalized after being zapped, two with injuries from falls. It was unclear whether a third hospitalization was related to the use of a stun gun, according to the researchers. [LINK]

Metalink to cached version of now-deleted Zoominfo [LINK]

Overall, Dr. Bozeman's use of the word "safe" appears to overlap with "tasers can cause death".

The word "safe" has been twisted into semantic nonsense.

Especially when you estimate how often taser darts just happen to land in potentially-dangerous locations.

If you have been paying attention, you'll have noticed that I'm fairly careful to refer to "the inherent internal risk factors such as cardiac effects". Including incidents where the subjects may been drive-stun tasered into their elbow does nothing to answer The Main Question.

But Dr. Bozeman's other crystal clear statements that basically acknowledge that taser's can kill is the takeaway point.

And note this - this is one of Taser International's favorite studies.

Typical... scratch the surface and a different picture emerges.

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