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, August 3, 2010

Unreliable and unpredictable tasers

Taser International clearly states that tasers do not depend on pain compliance, but work directly by incapacitation. What they sometimes fail to highlight is that tasers are relatively unreliable and the effects are unpredictable. The effects range from "no effect" all the way up to risk of death.

Taser proves useless against drug-affected man [LINK]

"...pepper spray, batons and a Taser stun gun failed to have any effect."

Taser International makes the explicit claim that the taser would be effective in such circumstances. Of course they make a lot of claims...

PS: The police in this incident appear to have hone above and beyond.

"More police arrived and unsuccessfully attempted to negotiate with the man before eight officers were finally able to restrain him. Four police were injured during the incident. The 24-year-old man suffered a cut finger. He was taken to Westmead Hospital under guard."

Nice work under difficult circumstances.

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