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.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Taser stun gun "stopped Owens' pacemaker and she died"

Two Clackamas County Sheriff's deputies will not face charges for using a stun gun to disarm 87-year-old Phyllis Owens after they say she pulled a pellet gun on them this past July.  The stun gun stopped Owens' pacemaker and she died. ...

So, just to be perfectly clear, Phyllis Owens was killed by the taser.

Several years ago, the stun gun salesmen made explicit claims that tasers would not affect pacemakers. They pretended not to understand the point, which was that the pacemaker wiring may conduct the taser waveform current directly into the most sensitive part of the heart.

Taser International has a long history of understating the risks associated with taser use. These false claims have led directly to defective Taser Use Policy and unnecessary deaths.

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