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.

Monday, May 12, 2008

More than 14 million years - or something like that...

(CP) Legal power of Taser is cause for concern at Canadian inquests

You can read the entire article at [LINK]. My role is to examine the propaganda coming from Taser spokespuppets.

(CP) VANCOUVER — ...Steve Tuttle, spokes[puppet] for Taser International... "Look at our 14-year track history... ...more than a million exposures to the Taser system in the field and with volunteers."

"million exposures": The vast majority of these exposure are 'FAKE'. By fake I mean that the typical training scenario puts the X26 barbs anywhere on the trainee except across the chest. Even in actual street deployments, the 'Drive Mode' where the device is applied to the lower torso appears to be far more common than using the stand-off mode where the barbs are fired towards the chest. And even if the barbs are fired, they're only going to actually land on the chest in the worst location in some fraction of those incidents.

Taser is 'Denominator Washing'. [LINK] "More than a million" is meaningless. The X26 barbs on chest number is unknown, but it is certainly a very tiny fraction of that meaningless washed-out denominator.

What is the death rate when the barbs actually do land on the chest? [LINK][LINK][LINK]

"14-year track history": Taser's Smith admitted that "...the original technology did not work that well". And then he went on to describe the (19Hz) X26. [LINK] The X26 taser has been out since 2003. The taser-associated death rate started to go up dramatically starting at about the same time. See figure below and [LINK] for details and source links.

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