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.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Taser associated deaths, autopsy reports, and impact of Braidwood

There's an important meta-sequence that must be explicitly noted and acknowledged.

The original autopsy report for Robert Dziekanski reportedly didn't even bother to mention that Mr. Dziekanski was tasered at the time of his death.

CBC News (29 April 2009) - John Butt, a forensic pathologist with more than 40 years' experience who reviewed Lee's autopsy report [for Robert Dziekanski], ...criticized the autopsy report for the lack of a clear statement that a Taser was used on Dziekanski before he died. "It's enormously relevant to the events in this case, so it needs to have some explanation, and I don't know how it's not there in the context of the circumstances." [LINK]

Then, the Braidwood Inquiry reviews all the evidence and draws the only logical conclusion. That Mr. Dziekanski was killed by the restraint, and of those, the taser played the more prominent role.

In other words, the original autopsy report is essentially turned upside down with respect to the taser.

It occurs to me that Braidwood has overturned 100% of the taser-associated death autopsy reports that he has reviewed.

One for one. 100%.

Now that the assumed (inexplicably de facto up to now) safety of the taser has been formally shredded, if it might be worth reviewing other taser-associated death autopsy reports to see how many others might have also been misled by the false claims of taser safety.

It's extremely unlikely that Dziekanski's death is the only one where the taser was initially given an inexplicable free pass.

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