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.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

A Boring and predictable autopsy report on 87-year-old woman

UPDATE: The woman was identified as Phyllis A. Owens, a resident of the Big Valley Woods Mobile Home Park, 32700 S.E. Leewood Lane, since 1991. [LINK]

(AP) The probes of the officer's Taser hit her left arm and hip [That's TRANSCARDIAC in case you didn't notice], said Dr. Larry Lewman of the state medical examiner's office. Owens had a history of heart disease and that was the cause of death, Lewman said Friday. He said he would do more research to determine what effect the electrical shock had on her pacemaker. "A healthy person would not have died this way," Lewman said. The autopsy report said her heart disease was the cause of death.

"A healthy person would not have died this way."

But an un-tasered person would very likely not have coincidentally died of 'heart disease' on that day, that hour, THAT EXACT MINUTE*.

(* "...immediately..." [LINK])

This is a clear example of a taser "associated" death where the taser is given a free pass.

Thank you Dr. Lewman for proving such a crystal clear example of how this sausage is made. Yes Siree Bob, heart disease death starting "immediately" coincident with the application of the taser. The taser that is so "safe" that it can be used on anyone, even elderly women with heart disease, because a taser death is "impossible".

Even the NIJ had concerns about using tasers on the elderly!!

Dr. Lewman et al might wish to review the following: [LINK].

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