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.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Did Taser International just admit 1-in-500 risk of death?

Oh... My... God...

The company insists the chance of a taser causing cardiac arrest is low, and point out independent testing shows the risk of that happening is less than 0.25 percent. [LINK]

The value "0.25%" looks small, but it is actually 1-in-400.

So "less than 0.25%" is roughly 1-in-500.

1-in-500 risk of taser-induced cardiac arrest.

Is that what they just admitted?

Calling that level of risk "extremely low" is abusing the true meaning of words.

If that is an overall risk, it is about 4 or 5 times what would be required to explain all of the taser-associated deaths.

If adjusted for actual chest hits, it is close to the correct order of magnitude.

They are so fooked.

UPDATE: A Taser International spokesman, operating under the name "Wisewon" (sic), has stated that this figure was all based on a misquote.

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