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, October 14, 2010

Inquest into death of Jeffrey Mark Marreel, 36 - "excited delirium" funny business

In this case, the meaningless phrase "excited delirium" is offered-up as an explanation...

The man appeared to be in state of “excited delirium” after a weekend of smoking, snorting and injecting cocaine. [LINK]

But the symptoms weren't actually taken seriously enough to warrant immediate transport to hospital.

About an hour after his detention, Marreel went into medical distress and was taken to Norfolk General Hospital, where he died from acute cocaine poisoning.

It seems to me that the phrase "excited delirium" arguably clouded the judgement of those involved. If they had used the phrase "possible drug overdose" instead, then perhaps the requirement for significant medical intervention might have been more obvious.

There seems to be an indication that, in this case, the entire concept of "excited delirium" was not only unhelpful, but perhaps of extreme negative value.

Something to think about.

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