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, October 21, 2009

False claims that an electrocution death is necessarily instant

Taser International minions have repeatedly claimed that death by simple (high power) electrocution is necessarily instantaneous. They use this argument to try to excuse themselves from any taser-associated death where the death was delayed by any noticeable amount of time.

I'm sure that death by simple electrocution often is instantaneous.

But not always...

"At approximately 8:40 PM on Monday, October 12, [three people] were putting up an antenna at night when they lost control of the antenna and it crashed into nearby overhead power lines. The impact sent 13,000 volts of electricity through the pole the three were holding. One was pronounced dead at the scene. When paramedics arrived, the other two were not breathing; rescue crews immediately tried to resuscitate them. They were transported to a hospital where they later died." [LINK] [LINK]

[My condolences to the family and friends. It's a horrific accident.]

To prove a claim false requires only a single counter-example. This is at least the second such incident that I've reported on this blog.

This post is NOT intended to compare being tasered to contacting a power line. Although the taser open circuit peak voltage is 50,000 volts, and the power line in this report is 13,000 volts, that's not the issue. The power line is much higher power than the taser. The only point of this post is to provide yet another counter example which indicates that things are perhaps not as simple as the some "experts" might think.

Death by electrocution, even in the simplest case, need not necessarily be instantaneous. The situation with the taser can only be more subtle and more complicated.

The existence of a time delay between being tasered and being dead provides only a very weak argument against causality. It can certainly be considered (fair is fair), but it certainly should not be weighted very highly.

And those "experts" using the argument described above, and not acknowledging the exceptions, should have their entire "expert" testimony discounted as being obviously not being from an informed friend of the court.

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