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, June 3, 2009

RCMP pull the wrong taser model

There are two models of tasers still in common use: The older M26 was introduced in 1999. The newer X26 taser was introduced in 2003. They have different waveforms. The M26 waveform is high frequency and very low duty cycle. The X26 waveform contains a DC pulse that creates (is) low frequency and thus is 100% continuous duty cycle. I've explained all this many time before on this blog.

Recent news:
RCMP pull M26 tasers for testing [LINK]
B.C. orders M26 tasers off street [LINK]
N.S. RCMP pulls M26 tasers [LINK]

All the evidence that I've seen indicates that the newer X26 taser is the model that is actually involved with more taser-associated deaths (per deployment) than the older M26.

And here the police go, pulling all the older (apparently safer) M26 tasers.

Please refer to my previous post X26-bias in taser-associated deaths? [LINK] and please read it very carefully.

According to the CPC report, during the period 2002-2007 the older M26 taser was actually used by the RCMP three times more often than the newer X26. And yet, the Canadian taser-associated deaths are 100% X26 - at least for all cases where the taser model is identified. That's pretty strange. [ibid

Is anyone going to follow-up on this? This is all just hints and suspicions at this point. And most of the available data for taser-associated deaths strangely omits any mention of the taser model used.

It's not just about meeting the manufacturer's specifications. The fact is that it appears that Taser International and their minions failed to notice the implications of the new X26 waveform and its DC pulse. They've (accidentally) given-up their explicitly-stated safety factors of high frequency and low duty cycle. And they continued to claim these safety factors even after they were long gone with the introduction of the X26.

The X26 was introduced in 2003. Find the year 2003 on the following graphic.

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