Archive for the 'TASER Inc. disinformation' Category

USA – St. Louis, Missouri: Taser International sued by man left with brain damage after being electrocuted (2012-12-05)

Posted on December 5 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A Russian news site ( is covering the lawsuit brought by Colin Faby against TASER International, claiming he went into cardiac arrest as a result of being shot twice in the chest by a Taser in December 2007. The 17-yr-old was then handcuffed, went into cardiac arrest fir 30 minutes. He now […]

CANADA / QUEBEC – Montreal: Mort de Patrick Limoges – le coroner encourage l’usage du pistolet Taser [The death of Patrick Limoges: the coroner proposes using more tasers] (2012-12-05)

Posted on December 5 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Two deaths occurred when an itinerant, with a long history of psychiatric problems, slashed garbage a threatened police officer with a knife, and an innocent bystander from a rickosheting police bullet. The coroner proposes “more tasers and better training”, bizarrely arguing the taser is appropriate in situations where by-standers and close-by the […]

USA – “Is TASER’s Rick Smith the Steve Jobs of police technology?” (2012-11-27)

Posted on November 27 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Is TASER International the world’s greatest corporation? The Police are told “Yes”. The influential PoliceOne website chief editor argues that CEO Rick Smith is probably finer than Apple’s Steve Jobs. The differences are that Mr Smith is easier to relate to, less secretive and “TASER is laser-focused (pun intended) on protecting life […]

USA – Police website: “Special protocol for ExDS [“Excited Delirium”] response is valuable liability shield” (2102-04-12)

Posted on April 12 2012 by admin

USA – Police website: “Special protocol for ExDS [“Excited Delirium”] response is valuable liability shield [Tasers appropriate in this context]”  (2102-04-12) [[SUMMARY / COMMENT. The website informs US police officers that “the symptoms and dangers of excited delirium” – mysteriously labelled ExDS, as if this makes it sound more scientific – “now well-publicized and […]

UK – London: Tasers discarded on blood smeared street. Why did police fail to halt a knifeman who had to be taken out in a hail of bullets? (2012-02-23)

Posted on February 23 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The issue here is a very common one: why the taser failed to “incapacitate” a suspect, even when used multiple times. TASER Inc. decribes the X26 as ‘a beautiful sophisticated device using a high voltage electric shock to totally incapacitate a target by hijacking his central nervous system … It is overwhelming […]

USA – Swartz Creek, Michigan, police add twist with new Tasers [re-arming officers with the ‘safer’ taser X2 at $4000 a unit] (2012-02-02)

Posted on February 2 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: SWARTZ CREEK, Genesee County, (pop.5750) Michigan has upgraded to the ‘double-header taser’: from the X26 to the X2. Chief Rick Clolinger said the new Tasers are more efficient in cases where the first shot misses or two suspects are resisting arrest. Hard to imagine how this is possible. At $4000 a unit, […]

USA – How Bahrain works Washington [and, in a story, How Washington lobbyist Tom Squitieri helped TASER Inc. overcome “communications problems”] (2011-12-08)

Posted on December 8 2011 by admin

 [[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: In the latest twist on lobbying, Mideast autocracies repackage propaganda as “media awareness” we read of Tom Squitieri, a Washington handler/spin-doctor (lobbyist), who heralds his accomplishments on his web-page as including “Helped craft and lead the campaign to reposition Taser International from a severe crisis communication dilemma to its current highly regarded, […]

USA – Taser use increases, questions arise (2011-11-10)

Posted on November 10 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS: CBS report recognizes “the sloppy policeman effect” – police reaching too fast and too often for the taser. See 2-min video preview of a “60-Minutes” report.  “Nearly one and a half million suspects have been tased by authorities and of that amount, 485 have died afterwards. But TASER International claims that only 20 […]

USA – North Carolina Court of Appeals rules stun guns are deadly weapons (2011-11-02)

Posted on November 2 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS: In an important decision, the the 3 judges on North Carolina Court of Appeals “ruled that a stun gun (an X26) “is a dangerous weapon that endangered or threatened Scott’s (victim) life.” The decision was ananimous.The case does not involve police use of tasers, but a woman who was tasered at a Walmart […]

TASER Inc. – “TASER International Celebrates 77,777 Saves” [sic] (2011-09-08)

Posted on September 8 2011 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS: In a blatant distortion of the truth – the corporation is extremely loose with statitisics – TASER Inc. launches a “Saves Counter”, estimating the “Lives Saved From Potential Death or Serious Injury With TASER ECDs” on Every half hour or so, a new life is saved. Site also repeats the […]

TASER Inc. – Blog: Charlotte, NC and the So Called TASER Death Count Issues (2011-07-23)

Posted on July 23 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The TASER Inc. spin … A blog put out by TASER Inc. decries the association of tasers with deaths – this is part of the campaign organized by the corporatoion to clear its name. Attacking Amnesty International for “skimming” headlines, while the taser has onlt been mentioned as in any way […]

USA – Long Island, New York, Man Dies In Police Custody After Being Shot With Taser Gun (2011-05-08)

Posted on May 10 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A 2nd man dies following the use of the taser in Connecticut. The journalist looks into TASER Inc. claims, including the claim that Taser guns have “saved more that 75,000 lives from potential death or serious injury” without any supporting data. Clearly this is the tip[ of the iceberg … ]] Gothamist, […]

CANADA – “Incompetence or Wilful Neglect?” [RCMP use of taser against 11-year-old] 2011-05-02

Posted on May 10 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: a powerful commentary by Canadian police psychologist Michael Webster following the RCMP tasering of an 11-yr-old First-Nations psychiatrically-disturbed buy in British Columbia. (1) The taser has never been adequately tested for its safety; (2) TASER Inc. influenced very strongly RCMP reports on its safety; (3) even TASER Inc. has long recognized how […]

USA – McKENNEY v. HARRISON: 8th Circuit judge summarizes the legal problems of taser-related lawsuits (2011-03-28)

Posted on April 2 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: An 8th District appeals court judge presents a statement on numerous legal problems raised by tasers. This is more than “legalese” and through what he wrote, one can see that TASER Inc. and police forces are very close to facing serious legal sanctions. We have placed certain key elements IN BOLD. We […]

USA – “Why Police Officers Get Taser Training Before They Use Them.” (2011-03-25)

Posted on March 25 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Author, Jack Krohn, owns ” Security Solutions””, an Internet business specializing in self-defense products such as stun guns. In this ezine article he presents the argument for training the police in using tasers for self defense. He repeats the TASER Inc. mantra: “It has been proven time and time again to be […]

AUSTRALIA – Inquest Enquiry told “Trigger memory can be faulty” (2011-03-23)

Posted on March 23 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Richard Wyant, Board Member, TASER Master Instructor, and Certified TASER Armorer and a key member of the US “Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners” – hardly an impartial expert and no expert on the psychology of memory- “giving video testimony from Baltimore, Maryland, said it was not uncommon for a police […]

USA – Investigators Baffled By Man’s Sudden Death Police: Albuquerque, New Mexico, Man Dies After Being Shot By Taser (2011-03-22)

Posted on March 22 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Called in to deal with a medical emergency involving violent behaviour, police taser 38 year-old Jerry Perrea. He dies. Police are baffled, We are not. “Whether Perea died from the Taser, a pre-existing medical condition or something else, the Office of the Medical Investigator said it will release the cause of death […]

USA: University of Masachussetts “Collegian”: To tase or not to tase (2011-01-27)

Posted on March 21 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A cogent and often ironic swipe at the TASER Inc. control over the taser discourse, notably for the TASER reply (under the article; it is completely irrelevant).A good counter-argument to “tasers don’t kill”: “If an arsonist burns down a house with a person inside, they’re charged with murder. No jury, no prosecutor, […]

USA – Robert Anglen (Arizona Republic): Judge rules for Taser in cause-of-death decisions (2008-05-07)

Posted on March 21 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: This key article – by the best reporter on tasers, bar none – describes clearly how TASER Inc. has developed a procedure not only to influence medical examiners to not mention tasers as a cause of death when death follows discharges, but, in case they do, to get judges to change autopsy […]

AUSTRALIA – Tasered Queenland man’s blood ‘proof of life’ [the taser’s ‘very touchy’ trigger](2011-03-21)

Posted on March 21 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The officer who shot Antonio Galeano 28 times – according to the printout, only 8 times by his own recollection: “agreed that he could have inadvertently pressed the Taser’s “very touchy” trigger more times as he struggled with the violent Mr Galeano …  Questioned about his Taser training at the inquest, Snr […]