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.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Fort Worth City Council learns painful lesson about taser safety claims

Dallas News - The Fort Worth City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a $2 million settlement with the family of a mentally ill man [Michael Patrick Jacobs Jr.] whose death after police used a Taser to subdue him was ruled a homicide. ...An autopsy concluded that the primary cause of death was "sudden death during neuromuscular incapacitation due to application of a conducted energy device." No traces of alcohol or drugs, electrolyte imbalances, or signs of heart or lung disease were found — all of which can be contributing factors in a death. [LINK]

See also Star-Telegram [LINK].

Now why on earth wouldn't the city of Fort Worth (or their insurance company) go after Taser International (or their insurance company) to attempt to recover the $2,000,000 plus associated legal expenses? Seems like a slam dunk. Especially when you review the claims that "tasers are safe" (sic), even when delivered in repeated or extend-duration doses.

Perhaps there's some personal liability on the directors of the Company as well...?

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