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.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

QOTW - by Taser CEO Rick Smith

Taser International CEO Rick Smith on the real-world results:

"I've sat at the defense table at trials where these officers are being called killers and their integrity is questioned, their honor is questioned. It's a very difficult process for them and a very expensive process for their agencies." [LINK]

It's very nice to see that even the CEO of Taser International realizes that his primary product, so full of promise, actually causes endless problems in the real word. Especially the part about being called "killers" - not good. You might want to look into that...

A big thank-you very much from a Canadian tax-payer. I've paid for your defective products, the mounting legal costs, the evil outcomes from the defective training, and the endless federal and provincial inquiries. Millions and millions. Thanks a lot... ...a$$hole.

Smith-4-brains then goes on to advertise their new video service, where you have to pay to store the videos off-site. Because, as we all know, storage is - ah - 'expensive'. It's not as if you could simply burn the critical incident videos off to a pair of DVD's, load the video into an NAS, and enter the details into a flat-file DB. Why spend $40 when you can spend so much more? Yawn...

Thing is... In Canada, the Pritchard video of the Dziekanski killing is what turned the tide. [LINK] Yes - video is good. But $5k a pop (for a $500 gadget), and endless service fees is stupid.

The Police IQ test continues...

And if the police think that if they have the video, they therefore control the video, then they're not thinking clearly. Seriously, I'll bet that some dim-wits decision makers are actually thinking along those lines. But duh!, the other public videos captured by a dozen mobile phones will still exist. They'll still be on YouTube within minutes, and the evening news later the same day.

In summary:

Video? Yes. Sure. Good thing.

More products from Taser International? Yuck. Gag. Puke. What, are you really that stupid?

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