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.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Witness contradicts Aussie police story about CS (or Taser?) death

Death mars Dragons' celebrations [LINK]

St George-Illawarra's NRL premiership celebrations have been overshadowed by the death of a man outside the St George Leagues Club overnight. Police were called to a fight outside the club in Kogarah at about 12:30am (AEDT), after a security guard was attacked.

Police version:
Police arrested two men. They say they used a Taser to arrest one man, and capsicum spray to arrest another. The second man, a 35-year-old, was taken to hospital after he lost consciousness and has since died. Police say the exact cause of his death is not yet known.

Witness version:
A woman at the scene, who gave her name as Kristy, said the man was repeatedly tasered while in handcuffs. "There was three people, they capsicum sprayed the guy that was really messed up," she said. "From that, he was handcuffed laying down on the ground, and they just kept tasing him. He asked them to stop, they kept tasing him, and then they started restarting his heart, he stopped obviously breathing."

The police version certainly seems to insert some distance between any taser use and the death. The witness describes a typical death by taser, complete with breathing and CPR.

Both versions can't be correct.

Someone is spinning the facts.

I wonder who?

I wonder why?

UPDATE 1 - Police deny tasering Dragons fan who died [LINK]. 35-year-old Steven Bosevski was arrested and taken to hospital, where he later died.

UPDATE 2 - "Mr Murdoch confirmed Tony Bosevski had been stunned with a Taser, but denied he was handcuffed at the time." [LINK]

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