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, October 2, 2009

Bozeman: "...that's never been proven."

A very weird and strange combination of quotes and statements reportedly from Wake Forest University's Dr. Bozeman:

1) WFU Doctor: Tasers 'Extremely Safe Weapon'
2) According to his research though, tasers could have contributed to or even caused death in some cases...
3) ...but Bozeman said that's never been proven. [LINK]

This exchange (including the surreal "...that's never been proven" phrase) is related to the (in)famous so-called study where 1200 taser incidents were included in the data set, which reportedly include two taser-associated deaths, but because those deaths were not found to be taser-caused deaths (the taser proof issue, it would leave no reliable postmortem evidence), they were not included in negative outcomes. Thus the obviously-suspicious conclusion that tasers-R-safe.

This "never been proven" statement, a phrase essentially cut-and-paste from the playbook of Taser International,... Well, frankly, it stinks. Stinks in the sense that it smells funny.

Time to start digging...

UPDATE: Delivered on a silver platter. See [LINK].

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