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, October 29, 2010

Dr. Jeffrey Ho... ...testified...

The line-up is complete... [LINK]

In my opinion, Dr. Ho is an apologist for Taser International.

His "expert" testimony at the Braidwood Inquiry was utterly rejected as being an insult to the intelligence. [LINK] Read that again. Rejected! It has to be pretty fricken bad to have the judge not only discount your expert testimony, but to actually take the time and ink to explicitly reject it and to explain why. Embarrassing!!!

Ho et al also stumbled across a highly-revealing case of taser-induced Cardiac Capture, and rather than running to publish this highly-significant finding, he FIRST runs back to Taser International and allows them to make a few minor adjustments (another obviously-BS claim) before continuing with his study. [LINK] At least he was honest enough in this case to publish a mention of the Cardiac Capture, but his too-cozy relationship with Taser International was revealed and confirmed. And his statement that the manufacturer merely adjusted the taser to restore the obviously-BS 15-to-1 safety margin would seem to be mathematically impossible.

He's been caught on camera downplaying any negative findings. [LINK]

He's been paid a lot of money by Taser International over the years... Is this a surprise? Money influences results - period. Let me repeat that. Money influences results - period. It doesn't matter about anything else, money buys results.

He repeatedly mentions "2.1 mA average" and thereby implies that an 'average' measurement would be applicable (sadly, it isn't). [LINK]

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What I'm not seeing in the rather limited news coverage is any indication that the prosecution lawyer(s) are drawing blood from these clowns.

Dr. Ho, please tell me about your involvement in the Braidwood Inquiry, and the words used by Justice Braidwood to describe your so-called expert testiMONEY... Excuse me, testimony.

Dr. Ho, please explain to the jury the technical difference between misleading 'average' and more-reasonable 'effective' current measurements for complex waveforms...

Dr. Ho, if a test subject suddenly died during one of your taser experiments, who would you call first?

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