COLLINGWOOD, Ont. - The father of a man killed earlier this year by a jolt from a Taser says the police weapon should be reclassified as lethal. On Monday, the Ontario's Special Investigations Unit cleared a provincial police officer who administered the lethal shock to Aron Firman, 27, and blamed the weapon itself – only the second time in Canada that an official link been drawn. [LINK]
The ONLY reason that this is "only the second time in Canada" that a taser has been implicated as a cause of death is because there was a time when the lies and deceptions originating from Taser International were naively believed. There is little doubt that more than a few taser-CAUSED deaths were passed-off as 'excited delirium', or assigned to other causes, or the contribution of the taser was given a free pass.
Now that we understand that, in fact, a taser can cause a death (surprise-surprise), then we have to go back and re-examine some of the previous cause-of-death conclusions.
1) Any deaths by "excited delirium" need to be re-opened. Judicial inquiry after judicial inquiry has rejected this fraudulent or "unhelpful" finding.
2) Any taser-associated deaths need to be re-examined. In many cases that role of the taser in the death was incorrectly excluded at the outset. Now that we have two counter-examples, the truth is starting to peek out from under the carpet.
Only two cases in Canada?
Don't be stupid. Don't be ignorant.
Look at the history.
Look at the trajectory of truth.
Only two, my ass....