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.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Non-VF death mechanism?

Since I'm clearly not an expert in the field of cardiac effects, I've always tried to use the more-general phrase "...internal risk factors (such as cardiac effects)..." when I'm referring to whatever it is that might be happening when tasers appear to directly cause, or contribute to, a death.

Well, now it looks like some researchers might be on the right track to explain how tasers kill, even if it wasn't directly through ventricular fibrillation.

'Stun Gun' Deaths Rarely Caused by Ventricular Fibrillation [LINK][LINK]

Taser minions such as Kroll have repeatedly pointed out that a taser-death would have to be instantaneous. This new explanation, that is aligned with the report from Prof Savard [LINK], shows that there may be another (slower) route towards death. And Taser International et al will be exactly as liable.

2009 is shaping up to be a great year.

Unless you hold shares or options in TASR.

Or have ever provided legally-significant 'expert advice' that has contributed to, or explained away, many deaths.

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