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, July 28, 2010

ALERT!! - PERF Taser Guidelines from 2005 good ammo for plaintiffs

Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) 2005 Conducted Energy Device (CED) guidelines [PDF].

This document is from 2005.

Many many many of the worst examples of taser overuse, misuse and abuse are in direct contradiction to the recommendations contained in this document. In other words, it is perfect ammunition to win lawsuits against those departments that have Taser Use policies that follow advice from the slick-talking stun gun salesmen as opposed to the common sense recommendations found in this document.

As a rough guess, many-to-most taser deaths could be avoided if these guidelines were adopted.

One question: why do we (society) allow this 2005 document to acknowledge the risk of death, while Taser International denies the same? How has this obvious discrepancy been allowed to fester and kill for all these years?

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