Mission Statement - De-Spinning the Pro-Taser Propaganda

Yeah right, 'Excited Delirium' my ass...


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, January 15, 2011

Derek Jones, 17, tasered_and_died of "acute cardiac dysrhythmia" - $10M lawsuit

Martinsville, Virginia - The mother of a 17-year-old boy who died after being hit by a police taser in 2009, is suing the city of Martinsville, the officer who fired the taser, and the taser company. Filed last Friday in U.S. District Court in Roanoke, the lawsuit blames the taser company, Taser International of Scottsdale, Arizona, with failing to train Martinsville Police on the potential lethal consequences of a direct hit to the chest. The lawsuit states Derek Jones died at his home on the night of January 8, 2009, after Martinsville Police Officer Ronnie Wray tased him in the chest. Jones' mother, Sharlene English, is suing the three parties for more than $10 million. ... [LINK]

Sunday, August 30, 2009: Derek Jones, 17, cause of death... [LINK]

"...Derek Jones, 17, died Jan. 8 of “acute cardiac dysrhythmia of uncertain etiology (cause),” Branscom said the autopsy determined. That means “basically, his heart quit,” he said, and “the report leaves it to someone else to draw a conclusion” on why. The autopsy stated that the Taser cannot be “definitively excluded as a causative or contributive factor” in Jones’ death, Branscom said. The teen “died suddenly about the same time” the Taser was used...


By late-2007, I - a layman - knew beyond any doubt whatsoever that tasers could kill.

It was *obvious*.

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