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, February 12, 2010

Taser International certified "experts"

"The X-26 Taser launches two probes, or pins, into the skin and releases 0.0036 amps of energy into the suspect..." [LINK]

"0.0036 amps" = 3.6 mA (average)

What the heck is going in with the specified (already deceptive) Taser X26 (average) current output values?

The common tasers (X26, M26) are supposedly rated at "Current: 1.9 mA average", or perhaps about 2.0 or 2.1 mA (close enough).  Now, folks that are supposedly trained and certified by Taser International are quoting values that are about double that value (this isn't the first example).

The simplest explanation is that these Taser International certified Trainers and Master Trainers are idiots and that they're simply getting all mixed-up with the digits 3 and 6 in the specified "Energy per pulse: Nominal at main capacitors: 0.36 joules".

Morons... They can't even keep their misleading and deceptive "average" values straight.

It is important to keep this level of deep technical ignorance in mind when dealing with these so-called taser "experts" working in law enforcement. Many of them are ignorant about science and technology to a degree that is actually dangerous to society. I'll bet that they're often called upon to provide "expert" technical advice and/or testify in local courts, and the result is that those that rely on their advice are misled.

So you have stunsun salesmen that practice deception, and scientifically-illiterate members of the law enforcement community that are being held out as "experts"... Seriously, the local reporters haven't got a chance.

See also: Q: How many amps in a police taser? [LINK]

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