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, December 8, 2008

Some tasers more dangerous than expected

CBC News - Some tested Tasers fire stronger current than company says [LINK]

Some older tasers reportedly fired at as much as 50% more than the specified current. Taser denies that this is even physically possible.

It's even on Fox News [LINK]...

Taser's response is basically: (fingers in ears) "La la la la la la - I can't hear you - la la la."

Three other tasers didn't work at all.

Hey Taser - nice Quality Assurance (QA). LOL.

I highly recommend the full report. It is not a difficult read.

And the report clearly reveals that the scientific consensus does not include the assumption that "tasers are safe". Not even close.

Full Report [LINK]

Let me ask a few obvious questions:

1) Every two-bit dog and pony show is now ISO 9000 accredited. This means that the organization has some basic QA policies and procedures in place. Is Taser ISO 9000 accredited?

2) How about CMMI certification? Many customers won't accept life-critical systems from any company unless they've achieved the necessary process maturity to achieve CMMI certification. Is Taser even capable of achieving that?

I highly recommend that police organization institute a policy of not procuring safety-critical systems, such as "non-lethal" (correction "Less Lethal") weapons from companies that haven't even accomplished the basics of QA.

The QA certification should extend to the training too.

2009 should be an interesting year for Taser. LOL.

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