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Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Uncomfortable? Unpleasant? How about the WORST FIVE SECONDS OF YOUR LIFE??



According to Steve Tuttle, Director of Communications, Taser International: "It {being tasered} doesn't hurt ... Don't get me wrong, it's uncomfortable. It kind of feels like hitting your funny bone 18 times per second throughout your whole body."

Tom Smith, Chairman and CEO, Taser International, likened the jolt of electricity {from being tasered} to hitting your funny bone, times 20. “It’s certainly not a pleasant experience, but you're very aware of what’s going on."

And this, just in, on what represents the last set of repeating, single-digit dates that we'll see for almost a century (09-09-09):

September 9, 2009

Steve Berg {VP of IT at Taser International} knows what intense pain feels like: The man has been Tasered, in fact - not because he ran afoul of the law, but as VP of IT at Taser International he's partaken in a corporate rite of passage. "It's the worst five seconds of your life," he says. "You cannot move."

See also: No pain, no gain??

And lest we forget: Victoria police board approves ‘pain compliance’ use of taser gun
Especially the part that says: "Naughton told the board that he expects the Taser policy will NEED TO BE AMENDED AGAIN AFTER THE ONGOING BRAIDWOOD INQUIRY INTO TASER USE by police forces in B.C."

1 comment:

Excited-Delirium.com said...

Sometimes it's not the "worst five seconds of your life"; sometimes it's the final 31 seconds of your life. Or the final 2 minutes and 49 seconds of your life.

Perhaps it's time to remind our readers that Prof Savard plotted a linear correlation between exposure time and risk of death. Or point out the taser's "Curious Temporal Asymmtry".

There are complicated explanations that might be proposed, but the much simpler explanation is the one being adopted more widely with each major inquiry. That explanation is that tasers "can cause death", "directly or indirectly", "through a variety of mechanisms", "even with healthy adults".

And, in a seemingly insane liability-enhancing pattern of denial, Taser International does acknowledge these sorts of inherent, internal risk factors.