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.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Be Brave and Mash yer brain

UPDATE - Excited-Delirium.org (with a dash and an .org) no longer lands directly on the UM Brain Contract Services webpage as it did at the time that I posted the following. The reason it doesn't is that these people are reacting to these posts.

The Internet Whois record [LINK] (extract below) for Excited-delirium.org (note the .org) leads straight back to a certain lawyer known to be closely connected [LINK][LINK] to Taser International:

Registrant Name: Michael Brave
Registrant Organization: LAAW International, Inc.
Registrant Street1: 8362 Tamarack VLG
Registrant Street2: Suite 119-311
Registrant Street3:
Registrant City: Saint Paul
Registrant State/Province: MN
Registrant Postal Code: 55125

But when you visit the Excited-Delirium.org website, it's all about Dr. Deborah Mash and the University of Miami Brain Contract Services:

UM BRAIN CONTRACT SERVICES - The University of Miami Brain program (under the direction of Dr. Deborah Mash) has developed the largest collection of postmortem specimens linked to autopsy and forensic information from in-custody excited delirium deaths. [Fair Use claimed]

This outfit provides support for postmortem determination of in-custody excited delirium deaths. So, if you have a brain, send it in!!

Summary: Excited Delirium <-> Dr. Mash <-> Excited-Delirium.org <-> Michael Brave <-> Taser International <-> Excited Delirium

And thus the circle is complete

The question to ask here is the following: Why the fricken' hell is sometimes-Taser lawyer Mr. Michael Brave the registrant for a website which appears to be associated with Dr. Mash's brain examination outfit (associated with the University of Miami) which specializes in assisting with the postmortem determination of in-custody excited delirium deaths?

Perhaps there's an innocent explanation for this strangely-close connection from Taser International's (sometimes-?) lawyer Mr. Brave to one of the world's leading consultants for finding you some potentially-useful postmortem proof of excited delirium.

Oops! Make that "...proof of in-custody excited delirium..." I almost forgot the 'in-custody' part. Sorry about that.

They claim to have the "...largest collection of postmortem specimens linked to autopsy and forensic information from in-custody excited delirium deaths." [Fair Use claimed]

So do they have any postmortem samples from any NON-in-custody excited delirium deaths? Perhaps they've never seen such a thing.

Hey! I'm just making observations and asking obvious questions.

[update: link summary added]

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