Grant William Prentice, 40, the Brooks, Alberta man that was, ah, "tasered and later died" was the son of Brooks town councillor Bill Prentice, who sits on the Brooks Policing Committee. [LINK]
My condolences to the family. I hope they can eventually be provided with the real truth of exactly what caused their loved-one to die.
Police are taking the position that the taser might not have even made contact with the victim. At this point, they're simply saying that they're 'not sure'. (This tidbit of nothingness is perfectly in keeping with the usual policy of leaking any beneficial-to-the-police factoids, while remaining silent on other aspects in order to 'protect the facts'. Pick-and-choose what to leak and what to keep secret. Sound familiar?)
Investigators had better keep in mind the "3rd Mode" where only one taser dart makes contact with the victim and the circuit is completed via the ground (2nd dart on ground). [via LINK]
Speaking for myself - I'm always prepared to allow the possibility that the taser has nothing to do with any particular taser-associated death. Provided that such a claim is actually based on true statements of fact (not lies), is also self-evidently reasonable (logical), and is based on actual positive evidence (as opposed to the lack of evidence, which would be expected given the taser 'Proof Issue').
But if this tragic death in Brooks remains possibly-linked to the taser deployment, then it is not exactly a good PR moment for Taser International.
The seeming randomness of the entire incident might be a lesson to many.