I was copied on an e-mail (recent, I believe) where Mr. Alexander is quoted:
"Sorry, but I don't see any fatalities in any of these reports. My single issue is whether or not there is reason to believe that the electrical discharge from an ECD (Taser specifically) can contribute to death. I argue that the scientific and applications evidence overwhelmingly shows it does not."
Wow. It's difficult to believe that someone that purports to be "an expert" in 'non-lethal' (sic) weapons would be so divorced from the 'recent' (December 2006 and December 2008) information.
Obviously he reads only from the information provided by the 'helpful' folks at The Church of Taser. That's a mistake. A huge mistake. One should choose one's friends very carefully.
Here's some information from TWO other sources:
1) FACT: In 37 of the 98 autopsy reports plus two inquest transcripts reviewed by Amnesty International, medical examiners listed the use of a Taser as a cause or contributory factor in the death. Medical examiners or coroners reportedly made similar findings in at least 13 other cases where Amnesty International did not have the autopsy reports. [LINK]
That's running 37% of the 100 cases studied. Extrapolate it and you're looking at 37% of about 400, or approaching 150. But even 50 is much greater than zero. [LINK]
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2) Use of a Taser was considered a potential or contributory cause of death in 27% [of the autopsy reports reviewed during this study]. [LINK]
Authors: Jared Strote, Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, WA; and H. Range Hutson, Department of Emergency Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.
37% [LINK] or 27%. With all the downward pressure on coroners and medical examiners over the years, these sorts of numbers can only be low ball ratios.
But this sort of fraction (about a third, as it stands today) can almost certainly be extrapolated to the entire List Of The Dead [LINK]. Adds up to 130 to 150 or so. And that's with today's low ball fraction. These numbers can only increase with time. Yikes. [LINK]
For obvious reasons, autopsy reports are not easily available on-line. Google doesn't have an Autopsy tab. It takes a lot of effort to gather the reports and review them. In these two reviews, involving a huge effort, the results were 'about one-third' of the cases reviewed.
ABOUT A THIRD. Multiply by 400+. Do the math.
Hint - it's not zero.
So Mr. Alexander...
At this point do you acknowledge that you're being provided with 'incomplete' information from your 'friends' at The Church of Taser?
It's your reputation. Do with it what you will.
Don't blame the messenger. Blame your 'friends'.
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