Coroner Rules In-Custody Death Homicide [LINK]
It's the usual sequence. Some trivial dispute. An arrest involving use of a taser. Almost immediately, someone notices that the subject is having difficulty breathing. Perform CPR (what does the letter "C" represent?). Subject dies.
Kern County supervising deputy coroner John Van Rensselaer said Thursday that 25-year-old Rory Romal McKenzie's death was a sudden death during restraint by police. Rensselaer said the manner of death is homicide.
Homicide simply means that the death was CAUSED by someone. It doesn't mean that it was or wasn't a justifiable killing, but it does mean that it was a killing.
So what device or method CAUSED the death?
Is it possible that perhaps there was some cardiac effect of the taser? An disturbed cardiac system that presented itself as "difficulty breathing"?
Or maybe it was the dog bite from the K9... [rolls eyes]
There's only one explanation that makes any sense. It's no great mystery.
It's no great mystery why Taser International now advises that police avoid the chest when aiming their tasers.
It's no great mystery why Taser International's newest model emits 40% less charge than the previous X26 model. Wanna bet which model was used in this deadly incident?
This isn't complicated.
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