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, August 2, 2008

Taser suing coroners - the vile background

Remember the news about Taser suing medical examiner Kohler? Here are the related posts [LINK]

Now, here are some additional background details (warning, linked stories are disturbing):

"Using his autopsy photos, Sterbenz also pointed out 10 distinct marks on McCullaugh's back from what he said were Taser stun-gun barbs." [LINK]

"Initially, Summit County Medical Examiner Lisa J. Kohler ruled the death a homicide. ...But in a May 2 Summit County civil court ruling, visiting Judge Ted Schneiderman ordered Kohler to change the manner of death in McCullaugh's autopsy report from 'homicide' to 'undetermined.' Schneiderman's order followed a four-day trial in which Kohler's report was challenged by lawyers from Taser International Inc. and the city of Akron." [LINK]

Now, what was that about the taser being considered by the UN to be "an instrument of torture" ???

And Taser's legal involvement in the aftermath of this disgusting and vile incident could certainly be 'misconstrued' as indicating support for taser abuse. Have they made any statements against this sort of application of tasers?

At least it is becoming clear what goes on behind the closed doors of the jails and prisons in some locations. I wonder how many get away with similar incidents?

Update: see verdict [LINK]

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