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, October 30, 2010

Keltron Charles Singleton - taser, sickle cell anemia, death

"Lawsuit filed over stun gun death" [LINK]

"...Singleton did have the sickle cell trait..."

Keltron Charles Singleton, who had somehow miraculously (sic) made it to 30 years of age in spite of his precarious and delicate condition [I guess he never ran a block in 30 years, not once...] (sic), died Oct. 30, 2009 [LINK], after being shot with a stun gun. Autopsy results, as with many taser stun gun-associated deaths, were "inconclusive" (as would be expected since a taser-death would leave few postmortem clues). Mr. Singleton was initially approached by officers with the Baton Rouge Police Department because he was wearing clothing similar to a suspected robber...

Upon arrival, EMS workers did not immediately tend to Singleton and instead talked with police officers on scene, the lawsuit claims. "EMS knew or should have known of Mr. Singleton’s declining condition and were negligent in not addressing his condition immediately upon arrival," the lawsuit says.

The workers specifically should have determined whether or not Singleton had sickle cell anemia, "which would have rendered him exceptionally susceptible to severe medical complications relative to tasing," the lawsuit says.

Robert Tucker, who represents the women in the lawsuit, said Singleton did have the sickle cell trait. Tucker also said the use of the stun gun contributed to Singleton’s death.
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The lawsuit was filed late Thursday in state District Court against East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Kip Holden, Police Chief Jeff LeDuff, Coroner Shannon Cooper and Emergency Medical Services.

Not a Federal court? State? What state?...

...Louisiana.

Snowball, meet Hell.

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