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 9, 2008

Tom-foolery and word-Smithing

The links below are internal to this blog and lead to applicable posts with the details and the external reference links. You may wish to open the links for each topic by right-clicking and opening in a new browser tab so you don't lose your place in this post.

These example Q and A exchanges are generally based upon previous examples the sort of subtle word-Smithing tricks that have been used. By being aware of this Tom-foolery, it may be possible to head-off some verbal escapes by Chairman Smith.

Q: What percentage of these studies are independent of Taser?
A: 80% of recent studies are independently funded.

Q: Does Taser set taser-use policy for law enforcement agencies?
A: No, Taser does not create, recommend, or endorse policy.
Reality: Does not? How about 'Did not?' [LINK][LINK][LINK]

Q: What about the too-common abuse of tasers?
A: The way not to get tasered ... is to not fight with police.
Reality: [LINK] and many more

Q: Why did you start your Taser company?
A: Sniff... To find an alternative to guns. Sniff.
Reality: [LINK][LINK][LINK]

Q: What is the safety margin of the taser?
A: The safety margin of 'the taser' is 15-to-one.
Reality: [LINK][LINK][LINK][LINK][LINK][LINK] and many more

Q: Why do people sometimes die after being tasered?
A: They die of excited delirium, being drunk, on drugs, exhaustion, or having a pre-existing medical condition.
Reality: [LINK][LINK][LINK][LINK][LINK] and many more

Q: Are police trainees subjected to taser shocks during training?
A: Yes, and without any health issues.
Reality: [LINK][LINK]

Be aware that it is quite likely that Taser PR flaks monitor the Excited-Delirium blog, and perhaps they will have a long weekend session to ensure that these exact Tom-foolery and word-Smithing tricks are avoided next week. It'll be interesting to see how they redraft their stock answers for the Braidwood Inquiry.

In general, you need to be highly skeptical and attentive when listening to Taser responses to detect the subtle escapes. Being familiar with the contents of this blog can assist in providing the ammunition for a quick-draw rebuttal.

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