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 29, 2009

(possible) homicide by 'stun-gun' - more...

Further update to a previous post [LINK]

Colorado Springs police officers are investigating the death of a man who may have been killed by a stun gun Monday morning. ... When they arrived, they found one man not breathing and another having a seizure. Officers and emergency crews gave CPR to the man who wasn't breathing, but he died at the scene. The man who had a seizure was taken to Memorial Hospital. ... Officers are still trying to figure out how the first man died... [they] heard that a stun gun was used in the fight, but that hasn't been confirmed. [LINK] [LINK]

It would be - ah - interesting if the stun-gun in question was a certain well-known market-leading brand, and if both subjects had somehow tasered each other with the device in question, and if certain 'experts' then try to maintain a straight face while attempting to explain-away TWO coincidental serious health reactions of the TWO subjects during ONE 'stun-gun' incident.

I hope we (North American society) aren't so thick-headed that we will need to wait for a three-way tasering (with serious outcomes) before we finally accept that it's not happenstance, not coincidence, but actually is 'enemy action'.

Because the Universe is stranger than we can imagine, I half-expect that this incident is only going to get stranger and stranger as the complete details are slowly drip-fed to the public.

Again, I pretty-much predicted that something like this would happen. [Gedanken]

1 comment:

Critical Mass said...

A Simple Test for all American Law Enforcement to conduct on their Tasers:

Law Enforcement likes to call their Tasers "just another tool in our toolbox". For those officers, I suggest they go to their personal toolbox and take out ANY battery-powered drill and look for the "UL Listing", which I'm certain they will find. All battery operated "tools" in the US are tested and listed by "Underwriter's Laboratories".

Now take your Taser "tool" and perform the same inspection for the "UL Listing". It's nowhere to be found on that "Taser Tool" because Taser International has never submitted their "battery powered Law Enforcement tool" to the universally accepted US testing lab for electrical appliances.

An even more alarming omission by Taser International is their FAILURE to submit their device to the US Food & Drug Administration, since their device uses a "medical principle and process" to achieve "muscular disruption". Take, for example, one of those electrical muscle stimulators people use to passively "exercise" their stomach muscles to achieve muscle tone - each and every manufacturer of those devices has submitted their device to the FDA for approval as a "safe" medical device.

The last time the FDA looked at "stun guns" was back in the mid-1970's, and all they did was to "review" the existing literature. There have been no FDA reviews of stun devices since!

If those abdominal muscle exercisers need FDA Approval, certainly tasers need that same scrutiny.

I don't know which Canadian agencies review electrical and medical safety, but I would bet Taser International has not submitted their device for electrical and medical safety approval.

Critical Mass