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.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

"... police tasers contributed to the death."

A 22-year old Elkhart man, Delano Smith who apparently suffered from schizophrenia and manic depression, died while in police custody in January and police tasers contributed to the death. That was the conclusion of an investigation conducted by the Elkhart County Prosecutor’s Office... Smith was shot by police tasers a total of three times. One shot may have lasted as long as 20-seconds, while another seems to have malfunctioned and produced no shock at all. ... An autopsy concluded that the confrontation with police and the restraint that officers used were contributing factors in Smith’s death. ... the primary cause of Smith’s death was “excited delirium...” ... [LINK]

So multiple taser deployments, both ineffective and contributing to death, all in one incident.

If the taser were a horse, the farmer would have shot it by now.

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