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.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Dr. Mark Kroll's arguments torn to shreds (call the SEC)

Dr. [not a real (medical) doctor] Mark Kroll, a bought and paid-for Taser International shrill (*), wrote a letter to The Salt Lake Tribune in a pathetic attempt to blame "excited delirium" (solely) for the death of Brian Cardell. [LINK]

Between the comments on the Salt Lake Tribune website [LINK] (and don't miss the several pages of comments...), and the Truth ... Not Tasers blog [LINK], and here [LINK], Dr. Kroll's pathetic arguments and purported facts have been systematically shredded by the members of the public.

All that's left is that he believes that over-exertion can kill, and tasers cannot. But he fails to acknowledge that tasers cause uncontrolled and extreme physical exertion. Ba da bing.

* Mark W. Kroll "...holds an option to acquire 36,000 shares of stock at an exercise price of $7.22 ... with an expiration date of January 7, 2014..." [SEC Form 4/A, filed 01/06/09].

If he, a Taser insider in all senses of the word, can issue such twisted propaganda with a view of defending the indefensible, and if he can get the TASR stock back up over $21, then he makes a cool half-million dollars.

Aren't there SEC rules about such stock market manipulation? Aren't such company-originating propaganda supposed to be subject to SEC rules? With disclaimers, disclosures and such-like? Are company insiders and major options holders allowed to manipulate the market like this?


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