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, October 11, 2009

Training Cartridges - darts about 40% shorter

Most taser training and demonstration hits are applied anywhere EXCEPT the idiot voluteers' chest. This issue was first mentioned on this blog in May of 2008 [LINK].

In fact, many taser training and demonstrations are accomplished with carefully applied alligator clips attached to the idiots' lower torso and one ankle.

Talk about "avoiding the chest"... ...Taser International's highly FAKE demonstration and training protocols have been avoiding the chest for many years. Coincidence? LOL. And Taser International has been quoting these FAKE demonstration and training hits as an indicator of safety. If you've been fooled, then look at who has been playing you like a trumpet.

Another thing worth mentioning is that the taser darts used in training, and probably in many studies, have a penetration depth about 40% shorter (0.25 vice 0.40 inch) than those used on the street. It probably doesn't matter for all those FAKE back hits, but if any chest hit studies used training cartridges and failed to highlight this difference, and depending who was involved in the study and in supplying them with cartridges, then it would not be unreasonable to wonder if such lack of complete details was intentional.

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Critical Mass said...

I have preciously wondered about those "training cartridges", as you know. Now that you [great work!] uncovered a difference in the length of the probes for "training" vs. "Real World" taser cartridges, isn't it just as likely that the manufacturer may have also added some "electrical tweaks" to the training cartridges to avoid injuries and death? A small "resistor" in the training cartridge would be easy to hide. There are other possible mechanisms which will step-down an electrical charge.

If, as a manufacturer, you have known from the start that your stun gun was extremely dangerous and could cause death, as I strongly believe the folks in Scottsdale AZ have, I doubt that tweaking the electrical properties of the training cartridge would violate any ethics they currently have or may have ever had.

Excited-Delirium.com said...

The only way I could imagine they could effectively and reliably reduce the output from a taser training cartridge would be to provide a parallel spark gap in the cartridge itself. Such a parallel spark gap might be as subtle as what appear to be a pair of stray wires pointed towards each other.

So, if any investigators wish to look into this possibility, that's what they need to be looking for. If they weren't looking for it, they could miss it.

But this is just speculation...