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, June 17, 2010

Steven Avila, 16, in critical condition shortly after taser hit

Steven Avila of Southeast Salem, 16, is in critical condition after police officers used a Taser on him this morning... ... Troopers encountered the teen who "refused to comply with their commands and actively resisted their efforts to take him into custody." Trooper ... used his Taser on the teen. The boy continued to resist efforts to take him into custody until he fell unconscious. A medic at the scene, later joined by Salem Fire paramedics, attended to the boy until he was taken to Salem Hospital by ambulance. He was transferred to Doernbecher where he is in critical condition... [LINK]

I wonder what the time delay was between the taser hit (I'll assume it was a transcardiac chest hit, but that's just a guess on my part) and the on-set of near-death (I'll assume about 20-30 seconds, but that's just a guess on my part).

Do the words "attended to the boy" imply CPR?

Even with the very carefully crafted wording (*), the same-old pattern still shines through.

(* A bit too obvious there guys...)

Let's hope for a full recovery.

UPDATE: See latest good news [LINK].

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