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.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Taser output PROVEN to be unreliable and potentially dangerous

CBC News [LINK]
Researchers led by a Carleton University professor have found the charges delivered by some Tasers and other conducted-electricity weapons can vary from the manufacturer's specifications, delivering either too much or not enough of a jolt.

Andy Adler, the Canada Research Chair in biomedical engineering at Carleton in Ottawa, said three to 10 per cent of the 6,000 Tasers and other stun guns tested were found to be delivering charges that were outside specified thresholds, or tolerances.

Weapons that deliver a more powerful shock than they are rated for could put the target at greater risk, said Adler. And weapons that deliver too little charge can also pose dangers too, he said. "The weapon that is below tolerance would have less effect on the subject," said Adler. "That would worry a police officer because they are looking for a particular effect. They are relying on their equipment to do something and if the equipment doesn't do it, it puts everyone involved in a dangerous scenario."

Unreliable, untrustworthy, poor quality, dangerous CRAP.

And keep in mind that the specifications and tolerances were created (for the tasers) by Taser International. They made them up and they STILL can't consistently meet them.

And those values, chosen by Taser International, are not as safe as they have repeatedly claimed. Even the Maryland Attorney General concluded that Taser International has "significantly understated" the risks of taser use.

And don't get me started about their (obviously intentional) DECEPTION in their use of the phrase "2mA average" and implying that it is relevant. Google "How many amps in a police taser?" for the complete explanation about how they have been deceptive with the output current specifications.

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