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.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Keep your eye on the ball, ah, their feet.

Remember back in autumn-2009 when Taser International issued updated Targeting Guidelines that advised police to avoid targeting the chest? Remember that? [LINK] [LINK] [LINK]

When called on it, they then claimed that these new recommendations to "avoid the chest" were strictly intended "to avoid the controversy" about if tasers do or don't affect the heart. It would not be unreasonable to view their clarification about the intent of the new Targeting Guidelines as a bald-face deception.

Fast forward to 1 May 2010:
"When possible avoiding chest shots with ECDs reduces the risk of affecting the heart and avoids the controversy about whether ECDs do or do not affect the human heart."

See what they've done? They've added in (the red text) EXACTLY what they had previously denied was a reason.

Keep your eye on them. They're micro-stepping, in the tiniest possible quanta of changes (probably according to a carefully-planned long-term schedule), from the previous position that Tasers-R-safe to their new position that "Hey! We TOLD you that these damn things are potentially deadly! You should be careful!"

I've noticed it before; see [LINK].

And I know why they're doing it; see [LINK].


Unknown said...

Could I get a more precise link or cite to where this "reduces the risk of affecting the heart " language can be found. I've spent an hour trying to find things on the TI site, without luck.

Thanks, gracias, spasiba.

Excited-Delirium.com said...

Training Package released 1 May 2010.

It's a 458 MB download. Assuming that they haven't put a password on it (too late, already copied out to the adult world).