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.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

'Undetermined Cause' International, Inc.

Patrick Burns - tasered_and_died of "excited delirium" (a.k.a. "undetermined cause")...

The State Journal-Register (24 March 2010) - After hearing testimony that Patrick Burns, who died after being tasered multiple times by Sangamon County sheriff’s deputies, died of excited delirium, a coroner’s jury has ruled his cause of death as “undetermined.” An inquest into Burns' death took place this afternoon. Burns, 50, lost consciousness and died Jan. 23 after being stunned with a Taser by sheriff's deputies. [LINK]

Quite a while ago I described the postmortem, far too convenient, explanation-for-death "excited delirium" as being (at best) a place-holder for ignorance. And with that, I was being extremely generous...

It's nice to see that a coroner's jury has formally made the same logical interpretation

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