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.

Friday, May 23, 2008


Now that Taser has acknowledged that the risk of death 'for individuals subdued by police using a taser' is 1-in-70, let's examine the future impact of this on their ability to carry insurance.

If someone is killed through negligence, settlements can reach in to the millions of dollars. Legal fees (for both parties) may be in addition to that. Let's not even mention punitive damages. Perhaps in future their legal product warnings may provide a defense, but (in my opinion) there may be some significant liability exposure if the trainees were not properly trained.

Let's run some numbers. This is a wild-ass-guess. Feel free to fill-in your own numbers. Y(L/100km)MV.

Ballpark: $3M * 7/month * 25% = $63M / year

As with many issues relating to liability, it'll probably be their insurer that effectively pulls the plug.

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