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, July 12, 2009

The HUGE unexplained asymmetry

It's like picking at a scab. The more you dig, the worse it gets...

Data from the taser trial shows that just presenting the taser resolved a situation in 7 out of 10 cases, it was only fired 1 in 10 times. Police logs state that offenders often back down when presented with a taser. [LINK]

Let's assume that this 10-to-1 ratio of taser display to actual taser shots is approximately representative.

So the previously-mentioned asymmetry in the distribution of deaths [LINK] [LINK], which I initial proposed should be 'about equal', is actually a much larger asymmetry than that.

If the taser is drawn ten times, and is only fired about once, then if there is zero connection between the taser hit and any subsequent deaths, then you'd expect to have about TEN TIMES MORE people falling over dead (per unit time) in the period after the taser is drawn and before it is fired, as compared to the number of those that died starting immediately after being struck with the taser.

So Taser International owes us not hundreds, but THOUSANDS of police taser-incident reports where the taser was drawn, but then put away because the subject died just before the taser was fired. And you can also include cases where the taser was fired, but totally missed the subject.

If there's no causal (cause and effect) connection from taser hits to death, then the books should be balanced with a simple accounting. I don't believe that the books are balanced. Not even in the same order of magnitude.

So, at this point, logically, it's pretty much case closed.

(The following graphic is for illustrative purposes only and is not based on anything more than my recollection of the many news reports of taser-associated deaths, and the fact that Taser International isn't proudly showing off a thick stack of reports of the hundreds [now THOUSANDS] of people that died just BEFORE being tasered. Actual data may vary. The ball is in Taser International's court to explain-away this very simple observation.)

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