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, December 14, 2008

"sudden death following restraint"

The Cause of Death for Mr. Dziekanski was listed as "sudden death following restraint". [LINK]

"sudden death following restraint"

Okay - I give up. Where's the actual 'cause'? I see four words and not one of them offers anything that actually amounts to a cause of death.

At least they managed to avoid another meaningless phrase, 'Excited Delirium'. But now they've created another phrase almost devoid of clear meaning.

The word 'sudden' and the words 'following restraint' certainly indicate that the restraint was temporally-associated with the death (and in the correct order). What a coincidence!

Maybe one could go out on a limb and leave out the first three words.

Then it would be: Cause of death: "restraint".


Perhaps they've run into the Proof Issue that I have discussed previously:

Imagine a world where a potentially-lethal "nonlethal/less-lethal" weapon exists that can work its unreliable magic while leaving no detectable postmortem evidence when things go badly. Imagine the controversy that would arise in such a circumstance. Oh - here we are.

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