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.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

#375 - July 8, 2008: Samuel DeBoise, 29, St. Louis, Missouri

St. Louis - Police tasered a naked man for 52 seconds, until he died, the man's family claims in Federal Court. In July 2008, Samuel De Boise, 29, came out of his house naked, calling himself God, obviously deluded, according to the complaint. His family says De Boise lay on the ground, got up and was fatally tasered by police officers when he couldn't comprehend the officers' instructions. De Boise had a history of mental illness and offered no physical threat to the officers, the family says. The family seeks damages for excessive force, indifference to medical needs, product liability and violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. It is represented by W. Bevis Schock. Taser International, St. Louis County and St. Louis County police Officers Bret Lively and Joseph Percich are named as defendants. [LINK]

52 seconds...

That more than ten of the standard 5-second hits...



See this post [LINK] from 27 March 2009:

CBC: 'Hit Him Again'

...An analysis by Montreal biomedical engineer Pierre Savard, made available to [CBC], suggests the chances of someone dying after being hit with a police taser increase the more times they're stunned. [LINK]



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