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

Kroll: "...very short pulses..."

Dr. Mark Kroll wrote: "The actual pulse voltage delivered by the TASER X26 is 600 volts and that is in very short pulses." [LINK]

As I suspected, Dr. Mark Kroll (in spite of his purported education) fails to understand Fourier Transforms. I've made this point before, and I assume Kroll has read this blog cover-to-cover, but he apparently still doesn't get it.

The 19 Hz and all associated spectral components (harmonics) emitted by the X26 taser are 100% continuous duty cycle. These low frequency energies begin when the 5-second cycle begins and are completely continuous for the entire deployment cycle.

There is NO SUCH THING as a "very short" (100+ microsecond) pulse of 19 Hz.

It's impossible.



Plaintiff lawyers may well wish to use this self-evident ignorance displayed by Dr. Kroll against him and against Taser International. I recommend bringing a Prof. of EE to explain to Dr. Kroll about the ins and outs of Fourier Transforms.

He's obviously failed to include such fundamental and elementary basics of waveform theory in his worldview of how tasers work.

Which is completely amazing to me.

PS: The "600 volts" is a new and lower-than-ever claimed value. I've been following the taser issue since late-2007 and I've never seen a claim that the applied voltage after the arc phase is as 'low' as 600 volts. The usual number is 1200 volts. I get the impression that these idiots just make this sh*t up as they go along.

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