Mission Statement - De-Spinning the Pro-Taser Propaganda

Yeah right, 'Excited Delirium' my ass...


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.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Hey Taser International - explain this...

Bay City, MI - A medical examiner has ruled that the use of a taser on 15-year-old Brett Elder played a role in his death.  Oakland County Assistant Medical Examiner Kanu Virani says the cause of his death is two-fold. The first part is identified as alcohol-induced excited delirium syndrome...[cough cough] The autopsy indicates Elder had been drinking [yeah, that'll kill you every time]. The second part states the application of an electromuscular disruptive device was a contributory factor -- that disruptive device being the Taser. Virani's conclusion is that Elder's death was accidental. [LINK]

Taser International says that the taser is essentially perfectly safe with respect to internal risk factors. And yet, in this case, it played a contributing role in the death of an otherwise healthy young man that had been drinking.

So the taser should not be used on people that have been drinking?

So WTF was the intended audience for tasers?


PS1: Did anyone perform a postmortem test for VF on this victim? [LINK]

If not, why not?

PS2: Review the Interesting hit from Michigin [LINK] 25 April 2009 - Lambertville, Michigan arrived from google.com on "www.Excited-Delirium.com" by searching for: where to send brain to deborah mash for excited delirium analysis.

Lambertville, MI and Oakland County are both in the SE corner of MI.

It would be extraordinary if they sent a brain tissue sample to Dr. Mash to prove Excited Delirium and simultaneously didn't bother to conduct the postmortem test for ventricular fibrillation.

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