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.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

"...by the hands of another..."

The Randolph County coroner Gerald Luntsford has ruled that the August death of Stanley Harlan, 23, whom Moberly police shocked twice with a Taser during a traffic stop was a homicide.

"A homicide only means that a person came to their death by the hands of another," Luntsford said today.
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[And what device was in those hands? A taser !!!]

Luntsford said he could not disclose whether the use of the Taser killed Harlan. "There’s no doubt it contributed to it," the coroner said. "In a few days, we will have exactly what killed him."

This finding, that there is no doubt that the taser (at the very least) contributed to the death of a 23 year old man during a traffic stop makes a mockery of Taser's claims of safety.

If the taser is oh-so essentially perfectly safe, then how could it possibly have contributed to a death?

Contributing to a death doesn't sound very "safe" to me.

Taser's worldview just doesn't fit with the facts.

Even the most thick-headed Taser fan-boy must be starting to wonder what's going on?

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