Mission Statement - De-Spinning the Pro-Taser Propaganda

Yeah right, 'Excited Delirium' my ass...


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 30, 2010

Un patrón muy familiar

UPDATED REPEATEDLY to incorporate links to additional and often-contradictory news reports.

Mexican citizen dies at US border after he is tasered [via TNT]

UPDATED: Subsequent updates have indicated that Anastasio Hernández Rojas (variously reported as being 32- [LINK], 35- [LINK], or 42-years old [LINK]) is either dead or 'brain-dead'. Other details include that he was, according to some reports, also subjected to 'use of force' (some reports mention beating and kicking). These other factors may have played a role. Full and consistent details are yet to emerge.

See also LA Times: [LINK]

A customs agent shot him in the back with a Taser, and he stopped breathing shortly afterward, police said. Officers administered CPR before paramedics took him to a hospital. Authorities are awaiting autopsy results to determine what role, if any, the Taser may have played in the death. [LINK]

A very familiar pattern: Tasered, then "a short time later" stopped breathing, immediate CPR, but eventual death. Followed by pathetic excuses...

One investigator even stated, "A lot of people get Tasered with no real ill effects. He could have had a pre-existing medical condition." This wording directs our attention away from the alleged beating, and towards the taser.

Denials of taser-death cause-and-effect ring hollow (assuming the absence of any rational alternate explanation, keyword "rational"). Please Google the taser's "Curious Temporal Asymmetry".

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