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, July 22, 2010

Kid killed by "a sequelae of confrontation of Taser use"

A 17-year-old East Lake boy, William Owens, who died after being struck with a Taser was killed by stress-induced arrhythmia, according to Jefferson County Chief Deputy Coroner Pat Curry. [LINK]

The coroner's office classified the cause of death as a "sequelae of confrontation of Taser use." The manner of death is classified as a homicide.

Homicide means he was KILLED (homicide is "a deliberate act by one person that results in the death of another"). Using the word "died" tends to obscure the cause and effect.

Wiki...a sequela is a chronic condition that is a complication of an acute condition that begins during the acute condition.

In this case, the resultant "chronic condition" seems to be death.

And the most acute causation condition was:

...the teen had four Taser-type puncture wounds to the anterior torso

"anterior torso" means chest and belly.

Given the overall tip-toe style of this report, I'll guess that a transcardiac vector is being obscured by this word choice.

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