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.

Friday, August 15, 2008

"...cardiac arrest caused by the taser..."

In the continuing news about the taser-homicide of Baron "Scooter" Pikes by former Winnfield police officer Scott Nugent:

Nugent has been suspended. He has now been charged with manslaughter and malfeasance. He faces up to 45 years in prison. [LINK]

Mr. Pikes was black. Former officer Nugent is white. According to police records, Winnfield police received tasers in 2007. Over the last year, the tasers have been used 14 times, with 12 of the instances involving black suspects. Ten of the 14 incidents involved officer Nugent. [LINK]

The parish's coroner, Dr. Randolph Williams, ruled in June that Pikes' death was a homicide.

Williams said he consulted with two other coroners, and both agreed that Pikes died of cardiac arrest caused by the taser shocks. [LINK]

That makes three coroners in this case that support this finding. So you just know that taser will show up at the trial with four decrepit 80 year old retired coroners droning on about excited delirium and pre-existing medical conditions and possibly intervention by space aliens.

Look folks, this isn't rocket science. The simplest possible explanation is that Taser is simply wrong about the level of safety of their products with respect to internal risk factors such as cardiac effects.

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