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, September 12, 2010

"...making accurate estimates is very difficult." vs. Low end of single digits

Taser International:

"The risk of an ECD causing cardiac arrest in humans from VENTRICULAR FIBRILLATION is sufficiently remote that making accurate estimates is very difficult."

"...making accurate estimates is very difficult."

Stupid red-herring. We don't need an "accurate estimate". An approximate estimate would allow decisions to be made. Real world data suggests that, once the taser darts land on chest, then the percentage risk that the subject will end up dead is roughly at the low end of single digits.

My long-standing ball-park estimate (going back to at least March 2009 [LINK]) of "...in the range of about 1 %..." matches the one-in-56 rate observed by Dr. Swerdlow [LINK].

Sufficiently remote ...my ass.

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