For years, Taser International has strenuously denied any possibility that tasers could ever affect the heart. Their denial was not half-hearted. It was a confident and self-assured denial.
Dr. (not a medical doctor) Mark Kroll intoned the various reasons why the taser was hugely, massively, essentially-perfectly safe with respect to inherent internal risk factors such as cardiac effects.
Even when presented with the cold hard facts of young men, healthy and drug free, being tasered in the chest and being dead within minutes, they still would not allow the possibility of any risk whatsoever.
And then, in late-September 2009, they quietly release new taser targeting guidelines that recommend avoiding the chest.
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It's way past time for political leaders and law enforcement decision makers to stop putting their utter faith in these people. Face facts, they're stun gun salesmen. Of course they're going to be able to stand in a bucket of turds and speak eloquently for hours without ever mentioning the bucket of turds. We would expect no less a performance. But facts are facts.
- They've denied the risk for years.
- Others, such as this blogger and many others, have been observing and reporting the obvious facts.
- Now they've essentially admitted that there actually is a cause for concern. And it's sufficiently serious for them to swallow their pride and advise avoiding taser chest hits. It is not some minor concession. Wouldn't you want to be a fly on the wall during that meeting?
So, what have we been friggen telling you all this time?
Best keep d'em d'ere ping-pong balls away from d'e chest, eh? LOL
Kroll: "If one ping-pong ball hit to the head does not kill you, 1,000 probably cannot either."
Too bad Prof Savard found a linear relationship between taser exposure time and risk of death.
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