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, May 9, 2010

Cause of Death - Patrick Burns

The State Journal-Register (May 09, 2010) [LINK]

"In the two weeks since we first called for the resignation of Sangamon County Coroner Susan Boone, our confidence in her office has continued to erode. On Friday, Seventh Circuit Chief Judge Patrick Kelley appointed the Illinois State’s Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor to investigate Boone’s office. The request came from Sangamon County State’s Attorney John Schmidt, who acted in response to complaints from a family that alleged official misconduct by Boone in the investigation of their relative’s death in January. This week, the Sangamon County Board will vote on a resolution for a complete audit of the coroner’s office.  ...such was the case with the family of Patrick Burns, who believed Boone pushed for the jury to pinpoint excited delirium from cocaine use as the cause of Burns’ death. ..."



Background on Patrick Burns:

Springfield, IL - the poster child for the taser problem [LINK]

The most recent Springfield man who died after being shot with tasers - Patrick Burns, in January - was shocked as many as 21 times. ...the 50-year-old man lost consciousness and died after Sangamon County sheriff’s deputies arrested him and shot him with a taser while he was in handcuffs Jan. 23. According to reports, deputies deployed their tasers against Burns 21 times.

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