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, August 27, 2010

Merseyside, UK - 23 lives saved by tasers (?)

In the first six months of 2010, the controversial 50,000 volt stun-gun was drawn by patrol officers on the streets of Merseyside 66 times during 63 incidents. ... Of the 66 times Tasers were drawn, they were actually fired 23 times, sending two pronged barbs into the unfortunate recipient...
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Chief Insp Kevin Wellens goes on to claim that tasers save lives. Presummably he is implying that these 66, or 23, taser incidents might have otherwise ended with the police forced to use lethal force.

So, how many citizen of Merseyside are killed by the local police during a typical six month period?

23? Really? Seriously?

You don't suppose he's mindlessly spreading Taser International deceptive marketing propaganda, do you?

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