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, April 10, 2009

Another 15-year old kid...

Teen dies after Warren police use Taser

"He was Tasered once by one of our officers. After that, he became unresponsive." said Deputy Commissioner Gere Green. Officers administered CPR and the teen was rushed to Henry Ford Macomb Hospital's Warren campus, where he died at 10:17 a.m. [LINK]

The usual sequence: Tasered, unresponsive, CPR, dead. I'll bet that he was tasered in the chest by an X26 taser.


Family members told police that the teen had some medical issues. [ibid]

I wonder how long he might have had these pre-existing 'medical issues'?

...
Monday: Walking around with 'medical issues'
Tuesday: Walking around with 'medical issues'
Wednesday: Walking around with 'medical issues'
Thursday: Walking around with 'medical issues'
Friday: Walking around with 'medical issues'
Saturday: Walking around with 'medical issues'
Sunday: Walking around with 'medical issues'
Monday: Walking around with 'medical issues'
Tuesday: Walking around with 'medical issues'
Wednesday: Walking around with 'medical issues'
Thursday: Walking around with 'medical issues'
Friday: Walking around with 'medical issues'
Saturday: Walking around with 'medical issues'
Sunday: Walking around with 'medical issues'
Monday: Walking around with 'medical issues'
Tuesday: Walking around with 'medical issues'
Wednesday: Walking around with 'medical issues'

Thursday: Walking around with 'medical issues'
Friday: Tasered, unresponsive, then dies.


Well obviously it was the 'medical issues' that were the primary cause of death. Right? The taser obviously had nothing to do with it. (sic) {Rolls-eyes...}


Update: Police "...believe the boy was asthmatic and on anti-depressant drugs." [LINK]


PS: For those (so-called) law-and-order (sic) frothing-at-the-mouth right-wingers that are having trouble keeping up, the issue here is the purported safety of the X26 taser versus the real-world outcomes. There may be other issues that relate to this incident, but my issue is with the claims of safety and what follows from that.

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