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.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Taser burns indicate false claims about taser current, voltage

Taser International claims that "the taser" (they mean the X26) emits a current of only 2.1 mA "average". They also claim that the subject "only" (FFS!) receives about 1200 volts (a random value that changes with each false claim) of the 50,000 volt peak output. They also claim that the output is very low duty cycle, and that pigs can fly.

Basic EE: 2.1 mA times 1200 volts is not more than about 2.5 watts. Peak. "Low duty cycle." Presumably distributed between two locations. About one watt per dart-on-skin location.

Using this information these false and misleading claims from Taser International, one would never expect to see any burning or significant heating effects from a taser.

Cases reported to Jury Verdict Research in Horsham, Pa., which doesn’t receive information on all cases, show that of 16 lawsuits filed that involve excessive force and Tasers... ...settled, one for $750,000 for an Orlando student who was burned and suffered permanent scarring... ... $1.08 million for an Arkansas man who was burned... ...an Albuquerque, N.M., man was awarded $307,030 for his burns...

How do you tell that a stungun salesman is lying?
His mouth is moving.

[H/T K]

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