Mission Statement - De-Spinning the Pro-Taser Propaganda

Yeah right, 'Excited Delirium' my ass...

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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, June 2, 2008

"...faced the deputy..." to facing Occam's razor

#346 - May 31, 2008: Robert Ingram, 27, Raceland, Louisiana [LINK]


RACELAND, La. (AP) - Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre says a 27-year-old man is dead after being hit with a stun gun during a chase. He says a deputy had answered a report of a domestic disturbance shortly after midnight Saturday in Raceland. While taking information from 27-year-old Robert Ingram and the person who had called police, the deputy was notified that Ingram was wanted on two warrants. Ingram heard and ran. Webre says Ingram stopped and faced the deputy after jumping a ditch, and that was when the officer fired his taser. Webre says Ingram was alive but unresponsive, and died at a hospital in Raceland in spite of cardiopulmonary resuscitation performed by deputies. [LINK]

"...faced the deputy..." I wonder where the taser barbs landed? Do you think at least one of them might have landed somewhere on the victim's chest? Too bad the taser wasn't deployed into the victim's back, like all those hundreds of thousands of (FAKE) examples of safe taser deployments that Taser Chairman Smith likes to highlight. [LINK]

Also, note the extreme delay ("....died at a hospital..."). Compare to [LINK].

Will the autopsy will find anything? What? What evidence would they be looking for? What would a lack of physical evidence indicate? [LINK]

Then again, perhaps the death was totally unrelated to the tasering. Do you think? What's the simplest possible explanation (Occam's razor: [LINK]) for the whole taser-safety question?

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