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, December 7, 2010

If "tasers save lives", then show me the 683 saved lives in Chicago

The Independent Police Review Authority, a review agency created by a political city ordinance in Chicago, released a new report which claims there were 683 incidents in twelve months, ending September 30, 2010, when Tasers, also known as stun guns, were used by police officers. The 683 figure is much larger than the previous years figures of 197 usages in 2009 and only 163 in 2008. [LINK]

Do you think that tasers "saved" 683 lives in Chicago during that same 12-month period?

How about 68 lives (10%)?

Maybe seven (1%)?

Perhaps none?

Was there actually an increase in officer-involved deaths?

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