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.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

The strange case of Othello Pierre

Regarding #356. July 4, 2008: Othello Pierre, 23, Baton Rouge, Louisiana


St. Martin Parish Taser Victim to be Laid to Rest - A St. Martinville man who died after being tasered by a St. Martin Parish Sheriff's deputy is being laid to rest Saturday, October 19th. The attorney for Othello Pierre told Eyewitness News earlier this month his client was shot in the head with a taser, not because he was posing a threat to the deputy or to anyone else, but simply because the deputy was tired of chasing him. "Deputies weren't chasing Pierre because he was wanted for committing a serious crime. His only offense was failing to show up for a misdemeanor court appearance." The Saint Martin Parish Sheriff's Department has thus far refused to discuss the case or to make release a copy of its policy on when its deputies are authorized to use tasers. [LINK]


Another story on the same incident claims that the subject died due to drugs in his system. "...the coroner points to high levels of cocaine, marijuana and alcohol in his system as the reason for his death..." [LINK]

High levels of marijuana? Where was the fire department?


On the subject of drug addicts and taser-associated deaths, here is something to think about: [LINK]

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