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 21, 2010

An alternative to the taser

A stopwatch.

Instead of deploying a taser against an agitated subject, the attending officer simply yells "Imaginary Taser!", takes several steps back, and starts the stopwatch.

According to the theory of "excited delirium", by the time the stopwatch reaches a minute or so, the subject would be unresponsive. And dead shortly after that.

There's no need for tasers.

{ROLLS-EYES}

Leavenworth, Kansas - [46-year-old Edward G. Stephenson] who fought with police Sunday night in Leavenworth was shot with a stun gun several times and ended up dying at a local hospital. ... "He had been combative, head butting and kicking towards officers," said Leavenworth Police Chief Pat Kitchens. "There's a condition called excited delirium that is life-threatening," he said. ... A recording device inside the Taser showed that the officers hit the man three times.
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They should have used the stopwatch. There wouldn't be so many awkward questions.

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