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.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

"Is Excited Delirium Killing Coked-Up, Stun-Gunned Miamians?"

Miami New Times News (12 July 2010) - Is Excited Delirium Killing Coked-Up, Stun-Gunned Miamians? [LINK], By Gus Garcia-Roberts

One unimportant factual error is describing Taser International as a "2-billion dollar company" (unless it's liability you're referring to, then it might be an understatement). The market capitalization of Taser International (TASR), maker of stun guns that are far more dangerous than they admit, is about $250M.

Otherwise, the article is very, very good. It exposes some of the bizarre snake-oil history of "excited delirium", and how such excuses have been used in the past.

More later, especially a review of the relationships from Taser International, via their lawyer Mr. Brave, the Taser International funded "IPICD", their various "excited delirium" URLs, and links to the University of Miami and Dr. Mash. Not all of these connections were above-board.

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