Mission Statement - De-Spinning the Pro-Taser Propaganda

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


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.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

The invisible arrow of death

"...an Italian immigrant died in police custody two days after he was shocked four times with a stun gun. ...the Crown says there is nothing in the autopsy report to indicate Castagnetta's death was caused directly by the stun gun." [LINK]

Ah, what would the coroner be looking for? Can anyone explain that?

Assuming for the moment that the taser can caused fatal cardiac effects, then what postmortem signs would be available for discovery?

Imagine that the taser leaves no clues, but actually is lethal. What then? Think it through.

(This question for the general case remains open even if Castagnetta's death can be fully attributed to other causes. And it is a very important question.)

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