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.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

"...developed some sort of medical condition..."

PHOENIX - An Arkansas man visiting Arizona to introduce his fiancé to his family wound up dead after being tasered by police. DPS Lt. Steve Harrison says 36-year-old Mark Andrew Morse was walking northbound on the southbound I-17 near Metrocenter when an officer approached him. "Mr. Morse took a combative stance, basically a boxer's type stance [a.k.a. frustrated], became verbally abusive," Harrison said. "Officer deployed a taser, tased Mr. Morse once." [chest?]

"[The officer] was able to take him into custody, handcuff him without any further incident, (*)" Harrison said. [*...well, except for that unfortunate ending-up-dead thing...]  

"Shortly after taking him into custody, Mr. Morse developed some sort of medical condition." Morse died later at the hospital.

Harrison says Morse appeared to be under the influence, but the medical examiner hasn't determined the cause of death. According to The Arizona Republic, Morse left the motel after arguing with his fiancé. His family says he never abused drugs or alcohol. [LINK]

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