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.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Taser International (TASR) appeal of Braidwood not going well

Vancouver (Reuters) - TASER International Inc issued the same safety warning about its stun guns as did a British Columbia inquiry, government lawyers said on Tuesday in urging a court to reject the company's bid to quash the findings. ... The inquiry's report warned that the weapons could be lethal, but Taser disputed the finding and said it had ignored evidence. The U.S.-based company, however, included the safety warning in a product bulletin to police three months after inquiry commissioner Thomas Braidwood issued his report, provincial lawyer Craig Jones told the B.C. Supreme Court. "The difference, I suppose, is that commissioner Braidwood did it in plain language, and it was broadcast more widely," Jones told British Columbia Supreme Court Judge Robert Sewell. [LINK]

These are the sort of meta-discrepancies for which Taser International has become famous.

Here's another example of a meta-discrepancy (from [LINK]):

Compare this BS claim:
"The TASER ECD Affects the Nerves and Muscles but not the Heart" [Kroll, 2007]

To this 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]

Another difficult-to-answer question would be something along the lines of:

At one time, Taser International prominently featured Kroll's infamous "ping pong paper" [TEXT COPY] on the Taser.com website under "Cardiac Safety".
In other words, if you are not electrocuted by a certain level of electrical current after five seconds, you will not be electrocuted by a 60 second exposure either. If one ping-pong ball hit to the head does not kill you, 1,000 probably cannot either.
Since the latest evidence about repeated taser hits being associated with - ah... - DEATH, this so-called paper was (apparently, and apparently silently!) pulled from the Taser website. Why pulled? AND WHY SILENTLY?

Hey! Still here? See also [LINK].

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