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.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Taser International denies that words "remote potential risk of cardiac effect" have anything to do with the remote potential risk of a cardiac effect

CTV News - In an affidavit [!!!] filed with the court, co-founder Rick Smith [4Brains] says the bulletin was only designed to protect the company from potential lawsuits. Smith says it was not an admission that tasers can affect the heart [*], despite the fact that the document recommends officers aim away from the heart because of a "remote potential risk of cardiac effect." [LINK]

* -> Taser International's very own legal warning:
"The ECD can produce... changes in... heart rate and rhythm..."
Parsed from: Volunteer Warnings, Risks, Liability Release and Covenant Not to Sue [LINK]

Filing an obviously-false and blatantly self-serving affidavit (!!!) with a court is about as serious as it gets. He might as well 'moon' the judge.

Update: I want to put this prediction (10 July 2010) on the record. It is: not only an utter and complete rejection of Taser International's appeal of Braidwood, but I also foresee sanctions against Taser International and/or their lawyer. I obviously can't be sure, but if I had behaved in court like that (based on news reports), I'd sure be nervously awaiting the Court's reaction. And not just simple win or lose the appeal.

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