Almost exactly one year ago (3 May 2008), I predicted that something like this would happen. [Gedanken]
Colorado Springs Police are investigating what could possibly be the city's next homicide after an incident overnight. The incident involved a "taser"... [LINK]
UPDATE 1: Story and headline have been edited. The word 'taser' has been removed. And the story now includes the following legal nause:
CSPD officials continue to investigate the death and say the man was allegedly struck with an over-the-counter brand electroshock device which was found and recovered at the scene. It is not known what, if any, contribution this device may have had in the death, nor has it been fully determined if the device was even used and/or is functional.
Taser International lawyers been busy?
First comment by a W. Sharp nails the issue:
How can the taser be at fault when a civilian uses a taser but not at fault when a police uses a taser?
Every taser death caused by the police are ruled to have been caused by "excited delirium" and not the brutal electroshock from the taser.
Taser International goes to great lengths to intimidate medical examiners and prosecutors if they attempt to link the use of a taser to the sudden cardiac arrest (death) of a person who was shocked by the police (their customers). It will be interesting to see how Taser International deals with cardiac arrest caused by a taser in the hands of a civilian.
Pull up a chair - this should be interesting...
UPDATE 2: KKTV [LINK] includes link to newscast video entitled "Taser Attack" and they mention the word 'taser' several times. Let's see how long the video link stays on-line...
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