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.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Another City Council Unconvinced

Another report of a municipal council turning down a breathless request for taser toys. [LINK] & [LINK] (Previous instance was [LINK].)

La Cygne City Police Chief James Dean was asked how many people had died after being tasered, Dean’s response was two. "One had a heart attack, and the other fell backward striking his head on a table."

An utter bald-faced lie. Not even a good one.

Chief Dean, "There are several reasons to justify the request for the taser."

"One, it will help reduce our liability;"

$100M lawsuit [LINK]. Given the latest scientific studies [LINK], tasers will probably attract even more lawyers.

"Two, will possibly prevent injury to the officer [1] as well as potential injury to a suspect [2]."

Major study [LINK] casts doubt on these claims:

[1] We observed no significant change in the rate of serious Officer Injuries after Taser deployment.
The rate of in-custody sudden death increased 6.4-fold ... and the rate of firearm death increased 2.3-fold ... in the in the first full year after Taser deployment compared with the average rate in the 5 years before deployment.

In Canada, police officer deaths rose in step with increased reliance on tasers. [LINK] Perhaps it was just a coincidence.

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