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 19, 2009

Taser 'hits back' at Aussie critics...

It certainly seems like a very common misrepresentation by taser-wielding police to massively under-report the number of times that they fire the taser. It's happened in several famous taser-associated deaths. These all-too-common discrepancy would be another good topic for mental-health professionals to investigate. There's certainly something funny going on inside The Church of Taser.

ABC (Australia) The World Today - Friday, 19 June 2009: Taser International says regardless of whether its stun gun was used three times - as originally reported by police - or 28 times as later came to light, it would not have killed North Queenslander Antonio Galeano. [LINK]

Oh, okay then. I'm glad you cleared that up. So what exactly have you been smoking?

You don't recall that Taser International was found partial liable, originally to the tune of $6.2M, because your idiot minions failed to account for a well-established causal pathway (blood pH) that can cause death? Forgot about that one? Remember, the case you LOST?

Taser International won a subsequent appeal of the amount, based on a legal technicality. The judgment of partial liability has not, to my knowledge, been overturned.

The company says that Amnesty International's claim that the Taser is linked to more than 300 deaths worldwide is wrong because no coroner has ever made such a finding.

Reportedly, AI's review of more than a hundred autopsy reports found that the corners linked the taser deployment to the death in about one-third (variously reported as 27% or 37%) of all the cases reviewed. And this is in spite of the best efforts to avoid such a finding. [LINK]

And you don't recall the Pikes case where the coroners (several) all agree that the death was caused by the multiple taser hits? [LINK]

There comes a point where the local Taser spokespuppets are reading from out-of-date cue cards. The result is that they're making statements that are demonstrably false.

Such as claiming that "no coroner has ever made such a finding."

Folks in Australia should pounce on this obviously false statement. The people making these claims are either ignorant, or liars.

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