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.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Taser International's influences reaches into Jury Room

... Lawyer Garry Adams said in a motion that one day after the jury finished its deliberations a juror called him to say that at least two jurors, including the foreman, whom she described as “the principal advocate for police,” consulted Taser International’s website and used information from the site to try to persuade other jurors. The juror who called Adams ... later testified under oath, telling U.S. District Judge John B. Heyburn II that both jurors mentioned that the company’s website claims that Tasers are “non-lethal” and cannot cause fatal injuries. ... [via TNT]

Too bad these jurors didn't stumble across the Braidwood Inquiry, or the Maryland Attorney General's report that concluded that Taser International has "significantly" understated the risks of taser use.

Attention those that enforce procurement rules - This sort of thing is a direct result of allowing procurement to proceed where there is a lack of consensus between the vendor (taser-R-safe) and the agency making the purchase.

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