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.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Bias and independence test for coroners

...50-year old Patrick Burns of Grandview was repeatedly tasered, taken to hospital to have cuts treated, but his condition deteriorated, and he died several days later. ...Sangamon County Coroner Susan Boone ... said her office is “...absolutely independent. ...The coroner’s office is the balance between the medical profession and the legal profession. We are the unbiased, neutral person in the middle. I do my own investigation. I don’t have anything to do with Springfield police or the sheriff’s department or state police.” [LINK]

Another question that should be asked is concerning the involved coroners' views on the taser as a possible cause of, or contributing factor to, death.

Quite literally, Taser International has already gotten to many, perhaps most, coroners and medical examiners with their proactive propaganda about "excited delirium" and their false claims of safety.

Keep in mind that (for example) the AMA concluded that tasers can cause death "directly or indirectly", and the Maryland AG concluded that Taser International has "significantly" understated the risks of taser use.

So the simple bias test for coroners, to see if they've been corrupted by the one-sided propaganda from Taser International, is the following simple question:

Do you accept that tasers can sometimes cause, or contribute to, death?

It's a very simple question.

And the answer will reveal if they've already been brainwashed by the false claims of safety propagated by the liability-evading manufacturer.


See also the sort of mixed-up illogic that is sometimes applied in such cases. [LINK]

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