Apparently, at one point, the NIJ's website had an error in their summary of the interim NIJ taser report. The website summary had apparently accidentally included the 'condition' "Excited Delirium" in the list of populations where tasering was thought to be more dangerous than normal.
The website PoliceOne has a column [LINK] where the author, Capt. Greg Meyer (ret.), describes his efforts to get the NIJ webpage corrected. And he laments that the incorrect information is now being widely reported though-out the media.
But the erroneous NIJ webpage summary had also accidentally excluded those "at risk".
Mr. Meyer didn't mention that little detail. In fact he stepped around it very carefully.
Considering that this 'at risk' population is of unknown size, and is ill-defined, makes it a major issue.
In fact, this 'at risk' might be the entire point of the taser-safety issue.
Perhaps we can issue a joint statement where everyone on both sides of the taser safety issue can agree that:
Taser are 'safe', excluding several defined populations and provided that the subject is not 'at risk'. The 'at risk' status is ill-defined and may only be revealed at autopsy.
UPDATE - Agitated Individuals are now widely accepted as being at risk. Via [LINK].
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