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.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

In-custody Deaths INCREASE 6x with tasers

The study, published in the American Journal of Cardiology, analyzed data received from 50 police departments and found that in the first year tasers were used, sudden deaths increased six fold. ...

Dr. Zian Tseng, assistant professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and one of the study’s co-authors ... suggests that officers should have a defibrillator available should a suspect suddenly collapse after being tasered and that officers should hesitate before using the tasers at all.

But if they are forced to use them, Tseng says that officers should avoid tasering suspects in the chest and pull the trigger as few times as possible.

In other words, Taser's continuing claim that tasers cannot possibly affect the heart are not accepted by all experts in the field of medicine.

So obviously, given these clear-cut findings, the self-styled Institute for Prevention of In-Custody Deaths (a strange little outfit with many indirect connections to Taser and some ethically-challenged direct links to Taser's hired help) will get right on this and provide serious advice about being more careful with those obviously dangerous tasers?

Yeah - dream on.

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