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, August 1, 2010

New Zealand police reading Taser Manual upside-down

Police are trained to manually insert Taser probes if firing them into a target fails, national headquarters says. ... Taser implementation team member Senior Sergeant Paddy Hannon said a "stun drive" or "contact stun" involved an officer taking one of the unconnected probes and pressing it on to the skin of the target.

Really? Just pick up a dart from the floor, then wander over to the subject, and poke the taser dart into him. That's an interesting approach...

Gee, I wonder if perhaps there's been a miscommunication somewhere along the way?


Kate said...

Greg Meyer is a generally pro-taser use-of-force expert who testified in the Mehserle trial- somewhere I read he was paid $375 an hour for his work on the case and $3,000 a day for each court appearance, for an estimated $30,000.

PoliceOne e-zine is subsidized by T.I. Pre-Braidwood, Meyer wrote this column about what I call the "third technique", a method that combines a probe shot and a touch stun to produce the same effect as a probe shot. I have wondered if this would explain why people are getting hurt by touch stuns, which would ordinarily seem to be less paralysing than probes. This is what Meyer advocated, an New Zealand seems to be teaching this, but the reporter was confused.

August 10, 2007 -
Taser tactics and training injuries
by PoliceOne.com Columnist Greg Meyer
Sponsored by TASER

3-point contact
"When you’re in tight with your suspect, the pushes and shoves start, and you don’t break contact, consider using the “3-point contact.” Leave the cartridge in your Taser and fire it at contact range just like a drive-stun. Then, with one or both darts deployed on the person, move the TASER device away from the darts and drive-stun the person on another part of the body. A few inches would work, but a couple of feet between the darts and the drive-stun would be more effective.

If you tilt the business end of the Taser so that just one of the electrodes is against the body, you’ll achieve a better circuit and full neuromuscular incapacitation just as you would with a wide dart spread! If you have not yet been trained on this tactic, check with your Taser instructor. This tactic is being taught by master instructors, and it is very effective."

Excited-Delirium.com said...

The report I quoted spoke of "manually inserting" the tasrr probe (or dart). It's insanity. Complete insanity.