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, April 1, 2010

The basic facts of the case - Ryan Wilson, 22

Quoting from:

Document 284
Filed 03/29/10 USDC Colorado
Judge Philip A. Brimmer
Civil Case No. 07-cv-01844-PAB-KLM

This case arises out of the [August 4, 2006] death of Ryan Wilson after a police pursuit. The pursuit ended when a police officer shot Mr. Wilson with a TASER and, shortly thereafter, Mr. Wilson died. ... At the same time Officer Harris shot Mr. Wilson with the TASER, Mr. Wilson immediately fell to the ground, face down, and was unresponsive to Officer Harris’ commands. Upon reaching Mr. Wilson, the pursuing officers turned him over and detected breathing and a pulse. Between ten seconds and a minute later, however, Mr. Wilson stopped breathing, and the officers could no longer detect a pulse. The officers’ attempts to resuscitate him failed. An autopsy showed that Mr. Wilson suffered from hypoplastic coronary artery disease and myocardial bridging near his heart.

It's worth noting that Taser International (Kroll-4-brains) claims a statistically-massive 15-to-1 safety margin. If you understand bell curves, it's essentially zero overlap (that is, if the claim were true... ...which it's not).

So if Taser International tries to hang their defense on these pre-existing medical conditions, then they need to show that one effect of these conditions is a dramatic 15-to-1 increase in sensitivity to electrocution. Otherwise, it's a red herring and a distraction.

Taser International has to face a jury.

My guess, they'll be seeking a dismissed with prejudice (settlement) conference. If so, let's hope that the amount shows up in the annual report as an explicit line item swallowing several years' profit.

2010 is going to be an even interestinger year.

1 comment:

Wendy said...

Thank you Jesus, for gentlemen.
Mom - www.rhythmforcedmelody.com