The autopsy released Friday confirmed preliminary findings that Anastasio Hernandez died of a heart attack, with a heart condition and methamphetamine use listed as contributing factors. ... The report by the San Diego County medical examiner's office said Hernandez, 42, became unresponsive shortly after he was shot by the Taser, apparently three or four times. He had Taser marks on his right side and left buttock, the report said. ... Hernandez had 0.16 milligrams of methamphetamine per liter of blood, which the autopsy characterized as acute. ...[LINK]
I'm not an expert in typical concentrations of drugs in blood, but a quick Google search reveals that it's perfectly legal to drive an automobile in the state of Virginia provided that your blood has a concentration LESS THAN "0.1 milligrams of methamphetamine per liter of blood". [LINK] So it's difficult to make a rational argument that a blood concentration less than twice the legal drugged-drive limit is somehow lethal (excluding the taser hits). It seems like a bit of a stretch to blame what appears to be distinctly NON-overdose.
Especially when you look at the temporal sequence.
Don't get me wrong. Absolutely the drug use has to be considered to be a contributing factor, but what was the immediate cause of death?