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.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

"...the officer acted in accordance with his [defective] training."

Salt Lake City, UT - Relatives of Brian Cardall, a bipolar man who was tasered_and_died, have filed a wrongful death lawsuit in federal court. The family is suing the city of Hurricane, police officer Kenneth Thompson who fired the stungun and Hurricane Police Chief Lynn Excell. The lawsuit says police used excessive force on the 32-year-old man, who was running naked along Route 59 in southern Utah during a manic episode in June 2009. It also accuses police of detaining Cardall's wife, Anna, and interrogating her without probable cause after her husband was taken away in an ambulance. An autopsy report said Cardall died from heart irregularities. He was hit twice with the taser, which the family feels was not necessary to subdue a naked, unarmed man who was pleading with police not to shoot, according to the lawsuit. According to the lawsuit, neither Thompson nor Excell attempted to check Cardall's vital signs or to verify that he was still breathing after he was taken down by the taser's electric shock despite Anna Cardall's inquiries about her husband. ...[LINK]

Why would they even need to check his condition? After all, the taser is so perfectly harmless that there's absolutely zero risk of any cardiac impact whatsoever. [sic - false claims in BS brown]

At least, that's what the training says...

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