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, May 10, 2008

"Taser shock can be deadly"

Heart specialist tells Taser inquiry that shock can be deadly

(CP) VANCOUVER - A heart specialist has told a public inquiry in Vancouver into the use of Tasers that a shock from the energy weapon can be deadly.

[Well, that would certainly help to explain this : LINK]

San Francisco cardiologist Zian Tseng says a Taser shock at a vulnerable period in the heartbeat can produce a fatal rhythm. He says the heart could be even more vulnerable if there is high adrenaline or drugs, such as cocaine, present in the person's system.

Tseng told the inquiry that just because someone dies minutes after a Taser application, it doesn't mean the two aren't connected.

He recommended more independent study of the electrical shock weapons, and that police be taught to avoid using the Taser more than once and avoid the chest area.

The initial phase of the inquiry is examining the general use of shock weapons by police and will later look specifically at the case of Robert Dziekanski, who died after being hit twice with an RCMP Taser at Vancouver airport last fall.


It's amazing what sort of expert opinions can appear when 'TASR' stock options aren't involved.

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