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, June 18, 2010

Braidwood shreds Dr. Ho

Braidwood (referring to Taser International's junior minion: Dr. Jeffrey Ho) - In my view, it would defy common sense to conclude from all the evidence that the physical altercation exacerbated the hyperadrenergic state that led to Mr. Dziekanski’s fatal cardiac arrhythmia, but that the multiple deployments of the conducted energy weapon played no part. To the extent that Dr. Ho did so, I do not accept his evidence. It is beyond dispute that a single five-second deployment of the weapon causes intense, extreme pain, as well as emotional trauma. Multiple deployments, even if intermittent, must compound that pain and trauma. In my view, it would be insulting to the intelligence of any objective and thoughtful person who sat through our evidentiary hearings and viewed the Pritchard video to baldly assert that the physical altercation, but not the multiple deployments of the conducted energy weapon, was responsible for the hyperadrenergic state that led to Mr. Dziekanski’s fatal cardiac arrhythmia. [p. 336]

That's quite the smack-down.

And well deserved in my opinion.

Braidwood (p. 303) - Dr. Ho suggested: "post hoc, ergo propter hoc - just because Mr. Dziekanski’s death was proximate in time to deployment of the conducted energy weapon does not establish a causal relationship." Bull crap!  The taser's "Curious Temporal Asymmetry" ([LINK], or Google the phrase) clearly indicates that there sometimes exists a cause-and-effect relationship between being tasered and ending up dead. As happen to Mr. Dziekanski.

Braidwood (p. 303) - "Dr. Ho said ...the average delivered current of a Taser X26 is only 0.0021 amperes." Pure deception. See [LINK].

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