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.

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

OPP testimony reveals that "excited delirium" concept is both meaningless and dangerous

OPP Sgt. Liam Brennan, who trains officers in the OPP's western region... ...stated that Skelding did an "excellent job" and he would have "done the same thing" at that scene. Dr. Jack Stanborough, western regional supervising coroner who is hearing the inquest, was taken aback by this statement. "I'm a little surprised as an instructor that you would have handled the situation the same way," he said. Many of Marreel's behaviours — paranoia, incoherent speech and unexpected strength — are listed as symptoms of excited delirium, he pointed out. "It sounds an awful like what I've heard over the last two days," he said. ... [LINK]

Justice Braidwood described 'excited delirium' as "unhelpful".

It's looking more and more that the entire concept may be far worse than just a neutral "unhelpful".

It's used to justify a response, but ignore the medical risks of whatever is ACTUALLY going on.

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