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.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

"...died of cardiac arrest..."

Now, testimony before former Supreme Court judge Thomas Braidwood is revealing that armed RCMP officers in bulletproof vests were so fearful of a guy with a stapler that, within 30 seconds of arriving on the scene, they tasered Dziekanski five times in 31 seconds. He died of cardiac arrest. [LINK]

"...died of cardiac arrest."

But 'cardiac arrest' is synonymous with 'clinical death'.

In other words, "He died of clinical death."

"...most physicians regard cardiac arrest a symptom of death, rather than a cause."

Your next question can take either of two approaches:

Why did his heart stop?

This might include a whole shopping list of factors going back into the history of the subject. Weak heart. Bad genes. Poor diet. Alcohol withdrawal. In a sense, it's the wrong question.

What caused his heart to stop?

We're asking for a cause that is also temporally-associated. Did anything happen just before the death? Anything short, sharp and easily identifiable? Starts with the letter 't'.

Don't forget - Common Law and common sense says that you take your victims as you find them. [LINK]

Sometimes when 'A' is followed by 'B' - it is because 'A' was a direct cause of 'B'.

You can apply all the Post hoc ergo propter hoc Latin-gobbledygook you want [LINK], but this cognitive bias exists because it is often extremely accurate. It's how we understand the world. If we abandon real world observations of apparent Cause-and-Effect because they're occasionally wrong, then you might as well unscrew your eyeballs and go hang yourself.

Especially when there are now more than 400 coincidences to try to explain away.

Using Post hoc ergo propter hoc as a defense is the first step to insanity.

And it's the last refuge of scoundrels.

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