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, March 28, 2010

Taser International admits tasers can accidentally fire from "static"

File under - Moronic design flaws
Cross-file under - Dangerous design flaw

Utica, NY - The Oneida County Sheriff's Office is investigating how an Oneida County Family Court judge came to be accidentally shocked with a Taser during a conversation with a courtroom deputy last week. Judge Randal Caldwell was talking with one of his staff members inside the hallway of his chambers around 2:30 p.m. Thursday, March 18, when one of the Oneida County sheriff's courtroom deputies joined in the conversation, Caldwell said. Then, Caldwell felt a sudden “thud” in the back of his leg right above the knee, as well as a painful tingle of electricity, he said. ...

On Friday, TASER International Inc. spokesman Steve Tuttle said ... certain circumstances could result in a misfire, he said. "If there's static, it could possibly go off." Tuttle said.

Stupid design, to say the least.

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