Mission Statement - De-Spinning the Pro-Taser Propaganda

Yeah right, 'Excited Delirium' my ass...


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.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Thin Skull Doctrine meets "excited delirium"

Christopher Beckman 34, was in jail accused of DUI. He becomes involved in some sort of "struggle" with jailers. During the incident, his head is injured. He dies in a hospital on May 28, 2007. The Medical Examiner (the one that actually performed the autopsy) cites Beckman's head injuries as cause of death.

Former guard, Gavin Douglas Littlejohn, 26, of Oklahoma City, is accused in a criminal charge of violating the inmate’s civil rights by using so much excessive force against the inmate that the inmate died. He has admitted striking the handcuffed inmate three times, but said he "...didn’t even hit that dude hard.

Defense team brings in a $400-an-hour expert who reviews the files, and who then suggests "excited delirium" as a possible cause of death...  [LINK]

From a post made almost two years ago: [LINK]

...How strange that he died, because you really didn't punch him any harder than all the other people you've been punching over the years. It's very strange that this one would die so easily. But you did notice that his head felt quite a bit softer than normal. ... The judge demands, "How did the victim die?" You tentatively offer the suggestion, "It was Excited Delirium, m'Lord."

Sometimes my ability to foresee the future frightens even me.

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