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.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

15-year-old Brett Elder (cause and effect?)

Taser International and Dr. Mark Kroll have made many claims about how it is completely impossible for the taser to have any effect what-so-ever on the victim's cardiac system.

They claim large safety factors (greater than 15-to-1). For example, even if a young lad was two... ...or three, or four, or five... times more susceptible than a normal, full-size adult, then Taser and Kroll continue to claim that the taser is safe under all circumstances (with respect to internal risk factors such as cardiac effects).

Dewitt Police Chief Larry Jerue ... claims the police all understand that the offender's size, stature and mental state must be taken into consideration before deploying a taser. [LINK]

But according to Taser International, the taser is perfectly safe even for use on small children, people of small stature, and no matter what their mental state.

Jerue again: "Depending on the psychological makeup of what the perpetrator or assailant has ingested, it could have other effects. In most of the fatalities that I've heard, there is some narcotic that has been injected into the system." [ibid]

But that's not what Taser International claims. I mean obviously, if tasers were dangerous when used on people that are drunk, or people that have taken drugs, then it really would be insane to suggest that they are the ideal tool for use by police. Duh! Such a link between drugs + tasered = death would be just as much a cause for product liability in the Failure To Warn catagory as any other.

The apparent no exceptions complete coverage of their blanket claims of essentially perfect safety will come back to haunt them.

Bay City Police Chief Michael Cecchini said officers ''immediately rendered aid'' after using a Taser on 15-year-old Brett Elder, who died Sunday after the incident. [LINK]

Note the word "immediately".
See a previous post where the words "...reaction to the taser..." were quoted. [LINK]

So what are we left to think? That there was some other bizarre factor that exonerates the taser? Puhleeze...

Even the The Michigan Daily states the obvious: "...the recent death of a teenage boy in Bay City ... was caused by an officer's Taser." [LINK]

Taser International and Dr. Mark Kroll find themselves chin-deep in a barrels of their very own bull-sh_t. They need to be very still and very quiet otherwise there will be waves of their own crap pouring down their own throats. But that just delays the inevitable.

They're screwed.

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