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, December 11, 2009

Tasers are "...very unreliable and dangerous..."

St. Thomas University criminology professor Michael Boudreau said, tasers "...have just proved to be a very unreliable and dangerous weapon." [LINK]

1 comment:

Critical Mass said...

Symptoms of electrocution:

http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/e/electrocution/symptoms.htm

# Tingling
# Pain
# Tetany
# Palpitations
# Chest pain
# Respiratory arrest
# Amnesia
# Seizures
# Altered mental state
# Coma
# Blistering
# Wounds

Most of those symptoms are/were present during most stun gun deaths. If physical restraints and/or positional asphyxia is added, the results are predictably lethal in police stun gun homicides.

A stun gun shock, which hyper-exercises the muscles in the electrical path, is like demanding that the heart and the lungs provide the life-sustaining metabolic products needed to complete a one-mile run, in 5 to 20 seconds.

For a coroner to search the corpse for signs of electrocution and its metabolic products, may be a fools errand. I doubt they exist, or that coroners know where/what to look for.

Today's death by stun gun:

http://www.sacbee.com/crime/story/2391907.html