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.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Dwight Madison's family launches $145M suit

Family sues for $145 million over stun gun death in Harford jail [LINK]

Maryland. Where the official (Maryland Attorney General) conclusion is that tasers are in fact potentially lethal and that Taser International has "significantly" understated the risks of taser use.

1 comment:

Critical Mass said...

You may want to add the following journalist and a Blogger I read, to your list and links of people writing about "Taser" abuse and lethality:

http://www.inthesetimes.com/article/2894/

Silja J.A. Talvi - freelance journalist

http://prairiechicken.blogspot.com/ - contains several "Taser Related" entries.

On a side note, it would appear that agencies using the "Taser" have gotten the "message" that their supposedly benign weapon is perfectly capable of causing death, and that the manufacturer is withdrawing its legal and propaganda "support", leaving cash-strapped public entities to fend for themselves when challenged and sued in court, for their "Taser abuse" and homicides.

There are far fewer "Taser stories" being reported, which should be confirmed by a drop in the number of cartridges sold to the 16,000 L/E entities. No wonder the company is feverishly trying to re-invent itself with ill-conceived forays into the software business. They have just leased a California location, where roughly 80 Information Technology geeks are trying to launch a "Cell-Phone Nanny" type service, as well as a "Secure Police Video Storage" service.

I doubt that any Court of Law will accept the manufacturer of a deadly device to be the "Custodian of Record" for evidence from police confrontations.



CM