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.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Macadam Mason death caused by taser

An electrical discharge from a Vermont state trooper’s Taser weapon caused the death of a Thetford man three months ago outside his home, the New Hampshire Medical Examiner’s Office advised Vermont State Police Friday. Macadam Mason, 39, suffered “sudden cardiac death due to conducted electrical weapon discharge,” Vermont State Police reported late Friday afternoon in a statement relaying the conclusions from Mason’s autopsy in New Hampshire. Mason died June 20 outside his Thetford home after Senior Trooper David Shaffer fired his Taser at Mason’s chest. ...
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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Forbes: "Taser remains 'an execution story'."

... J.P. Morgan analyst Paul Coster... ...writes in a research note that Taser remains “an execution story,” ...
Yes. Sometimes that's exactly true.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Macadam Mason taser-death autopsy report overdue

WHO'S HOLDING UP AUTOPSY OF VERMONT MAN'S TASER DEATH IN JUNE? [LINK] None of the officials involved in Vermont's first taser death will explain why it's almost three months since a Vermont State trooper tasered Macadam Mason, a 39-year-old epileptic artist who died almost immediately, and there's still no completed autopsy report. ...

Monday, September 10, 2012

How Taser International meddles in taser-death medical inquiries

Taser writes investigators, medical examiner, in death of Thetford man [LINK] The day following Macadam Mason’s death, Vermont State Police held a news conference and said, in part, that the Thetford man died after being shot in the chest by a Trooper’s Taser. Less than four hours after the conference, a Taser International spokesman e-mailed State Police suggestions on how to conduct its investigation and asked the agency to forward information to the medical examiners conducting an autopsy on Mason’s body. “The attending medical examiners should urgently know that the University of Miami [a.k.a. Excited-Delirium-R-Us] Brain Endowment Bank is available with cutting edge research center that can determine drug abuse and look for excited delirium markers,” Taser International spokesman Steve Tuttle wrote in the e-mail. ...