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.

Thursday, December 31, 2009

2009 drawing to an end...

Happy New Year.

We will have a major '2009 - A Year In Review' post sometime very early in the new year.

During 2009 we have made more than 800 posts.

In general and approximate terms, the 'Batting Average' for this blog (being absolutely and demonstrably correct) is running something close to .850 (roughly).

One mistake I made was that I had assumed that things would calm down a bit. In fact, the daily post rate is about 21% higher during 2009 as compared to 2008. Oops, my bad.

Another error I have made is underestimating how slow the legal system moves.

Taser International is squarely in the legal crosshairs, their nifty black turtleneck romper suits lit up like Christmas trees with the laser-sights of the plaintiffs' lawyers.

The very recent statement by the Maryland AG that Taser International has "SIGNIFICANTLY" understated the risks of taser use is not going to be missed by any lawyer worth their salt. And I suspect that Daubert motions have run their course. It'd be a massively ill-informed plaintiff's lawyer to fail to preempt such trickery next time.

The other trend that I enjoy observing is the growing trend of law enforcement folks expressing frustration and annoyance with the antics of Taser International. I suspect that there's gonna be a "Protest" notice found nailed to the front door of the Church of Taser one fine Arizona morning.

Yes, it has been a very interesting year for Taser International during 2009.

And 2010 is going to be even interestinger.

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