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, August 19, 2010

Taser "associated" death toll hits 500

Martin Harrison, age 50. In custody. Reportedly fighting with guard. Tasered twice, collapsed, and died later. Details about the exact timing of the sequence of events is not being released. But if there had been a large delay between the final taser hit and his medical reaction, I'm sure that it would have been mentioned. No mention of a gap in the timing probably means that he reacted to the 2nd taser hit by collapsing. [via TNT] [LINK]

It's worth noting that The List (no matter who maintains it) can never be perfectly complete nor perfectly accurate. So this #500 is a tragic milestone, but the exact number of those who have "died" after being tasered may vary.

What is now perfectly clear is that use of tasers carries with it a risk of death.

The existence of this risk has been repeatedly denied by Taser International. They were wrong.

2 comments:

Save the Holy Headland said...

Dear 'Excited-Delirium', I represent the British human rights organization RESIST CARDIAC ARREST, working, like yourselves, to educate people about the reality of what we call 'electrocoercion' and its associated phenomena of torture, Death and the general disregard for basic Human Rights. This is an international problem, so, as well as working in Britain, we wish to cooperate with activists in other nations to combat the menace of the cattle-prod/harpoon. Information on the topic can be found in our FREE newspaper, 'The Limpet', available from the SAVE THE HOLY HEADLAND website, based in Penzance, Cornwall. We would particularly like to draw your attention to Issue 53 of The Limpet, under the Blog title: RESIST CARDIAC ARREST. We send our respects and thanks for working towards a more Humane society.
Peace!
Pat Vulgata, Editor, The Limpet.

Excited-Delirium.com said...

Thanks for stopping by. The primary purpose of my E-D blog is to provide an outlet for my observations about Taser International's logical, technical, and ethical errors. I hope that the information helps.

PS: Make sure that you're fully aware of the Braidwood Inquiry. Get copies of the two reports. It's clearly concluded that tasers are capable of killing, and must be treated accordingly. This is the legal reality in Canada.