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.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Getting away with homicide

Fort Worth, TX - A Tarrant County grand jury has declined to indict the Fort Worth police officer who fatally shocked a mentally ill man with a taser earlier this year. The county medical examiner earlier ruled that the April 18 death of Michael Patrick Jacobs Jr. was a homicide. ... [LINK]

This case is walking a very fine line between it being "justifiable homicide" and it being an accidental killing. The question of the officer's intent seems to be a bit unclear. Did the officer intended to (justifiably?) kill Mr. Jacobs? Was it an accident that the officer held the trigger down for almost a minute?

One thing is very nearly certain. This case is not over.

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