Salem, OR - Gregory Rold, 37, died at Salem Hospital shortly before 9:30 p.m., Lt. Dave Okada of the Salem Police said today. ... Officers were called to an apartment in the 1200 block of Royvonne Avenue Southeast in Salem about 7:38 p.m. following a report of a man who was trespassing. They encountered Rold, who Okada said "violently" resisted arrest. That prompted officers to shoot him with a Taser and strike him with their batons. After he was handcuffed, officers realized Rold was unconscious. According to Okada, they immediately called for medical help and gave emergency aid to Rold. Rold was then taken to Salem Hospital where he died. [LINK]
The manufacturer of the police batons has notably not issued a public statement indicating that the subject was exhibiting signs of excited delirium. They have also apparently failed to issue a press release claiming that batons are perfectly safe unless you banged your head on the ground after being clubbed unconscious.
UPDATE: "Still no cause of death in Ore. stun gun case" [LINK]
Notice that it's a "stun gun case". I guess that batons would generally leave better postmortem clues; and if those clues are absent, it actually proves something. As opposed to tasers...
Anyone bother with a postmortem test for VF?
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