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 15, 2010

Is this garbage info from the local Taser "expert"?

More than a few times I've seen local reporters quoting "technical information" from the local-yokel Taser trained and certified "expert". Often times the information is so mixed up and technically inaccurate that it makes my head spin.

Here's the latest example from KULR-8 reporter Sarah Gravlee.

A Thursday press conference revealed more information about the weapons used to administer [sic] the four shocks. The Billings police use both M-26 and X-26 TASERS. Both have a starting voltage of 50,000, but they can be modified to deliver a smaller shock called a "drive stun." When modified, the M-26 delivers 5,000 volts and the X-26 administers 1,200 volts. Bain received two drive stuns from both types of weapons for a total of 12,400 volts. TASER instructor Sergeant Hafner said it's a safer stun. [LINK]

"...for a total of 12,400 volts..."

Sigh...

It's not clear if the cub reporter decided on her own to sum-up the quoted voltages (which are another falsehood by the way, but also irrelevant), or if the local taser "expert" was responsible for this moment of technical insanity.

Some of the other statements attributed directly to Sgt Hafner are equally fantastical, so my suspicions fall on him.

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