Mission Statement - De-Spinning the Pro-Taser Propaganda

Yeah right, 'Excited Delirium' my ass...


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, December 11, 2010

Perth man 'tasered 40 times in one week'

A Corruption and Crime Commission (CCC) hearing in Perth has been told a man may have been tasered more than 40 times in one week. The Commission is conducting a public inquiry into whether police or corrective services officers engaged in misconduct in relation to the arrest and detention of Kevin Spratt. Video footage of Mr Spratt being tasered more than a dozen times on the floor of a police watch house in 2008 was released by the commission earlier this year.

Now security footage of a separate incident has been released. The security video taken on September 6, 2008 shows members of the department's specialist Emergency Support Group tasering Mr Spratt repeatedly as they attempt to forcibly remove him from a cell at the Perth watch-house.
It's important to clarify one little detail...

A taser deployment is a bit like a "bunch" of green onions.

Some produce, such as green onions, are sometimes sold by the "bunch". But I've notice that the grocery store might have green onions "on sale" at $0.79 per "bunch", instead of $0.99 per bunch. But I've noticed that the size of the bunch can vary from week to week. Which makes the sale price a bit dubious...

A taser hit is almost as ill-defined.

The X26 taser emits 19 pulses per second. Each pulse causes pain that is approximately 2000 times what can be called intense.

One taser "deployment" or "hit" might last for a second. Another one might last for five seconds. And if the trigger is held down, another taser hit might last until the batteries are drained.

Unless someone has carefully counted the pulses (at 19 per second) and then normalized the durations back to some un-defined standard, then the claim that someone was tasered 'N' times is a bunch of garbage.


It is fair to conclude that Mr. Spratt was electro-tortured to a degree that is way past merely evil.

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