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.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Analysis of "Analysis of new taser recommendations"

The e-mail Subject line from a friend provides the final conclusion: "Such BS!!!"

Lt. Dan Marcou (ret.), writing on a known taser fan-boy website, offers up an amazingly imaginative explanation [LINK] as to why Taser International issued new taser targeting guidelines that recommend "avoiding the chest".

The first thing I noticed is that Lt. Dan somehow, inexplicably, in his entire article, he completely fails to mention the phrase "avoid controversy" (regarding concerns about cardiac safety and related lawsuits). Taser International has used that phrase ("avoid controversy") many, many times in their pathetically amusing attempt at whitewashing the new guidelines.

Lt. Dan also manages to avoid the Church of Taser cuss-word "cardiac".

Lt. Dan tries to make the case, totally unconvincingly, that the sole motivation for Taser International issuing the new guidelines is that a taser hit between the front abdomen and a leg can be effective. Somehow he mixes in further details about the subject's back, and then totally skips over where his word "more" comes from.

Using Lt. Dan's 'logic' (sic), then the ideal taser deployment would be to turn the taser sideways like a downtown gangster, and try to hit the subject's ankles. One dart per ankle. The the taser current would run up one leg and down the other. The subject leg's would almost certainly buckle and down he'd go. That'd be effective. "More effective" LOL.

Lt. Dan's first foray from a lifetime of police SWAT work into the world of logic has not been a success.

Perhaps, if only, he had contacted Taser International before they had issued the new taser targeting guidelines, he could have encouraged them to avoid controversy by not using the phrase "avoid controversy". Taser International might have picked-up Lt. Dan's suggestions and they could have issued the new taser targeting guidelines using the sole justification of the new guidelines being "...(more?) effective"...

...and nothing to do with "AVOIDING" anything, like, ah, for example, "THE CHEST".

Hey - I'm quoting Taser International.

Those words, "avoiding the chest" to "avoid controversy" (sic) reveal Lt. Dan's theory to be exactly what it is - a pathetic, after-the-fact, too damn late, sorry excuse for a half-hearted attempt at whitewashing.

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