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.

Monday, April 27, 2009

(possible) homicide by "an over-the-counter brand electroshock device" which may or may not have been a taser...

Almost exactly one year ago (3 May 2008), I predicted that something like this would happen. [Gedanken]

Colorado Springs Police are investigating what could possibly be the city's next homicide after an incident overnight. The incident involved a "taser"... [LINK]

UPDATE 1: Story and headline have been edited. The word 'taser' has been removed. And the story now includes the following legal nause:

CSPD officials continue to investigate the death and say the man was allegedly struck with an over-the-counter brand electroshock device which was found and recovered at the scene. It is not known what, if any, contribution this device may have had in the death, nor has it been fully determined if the device was even used and/or is functional.

Taser International lawyers been busy?

First comment by a W. Sharp nails the issue:

How can the taser be at fault when a civilian uses a taser but not at fault when a police uses a taser?

Every taser death caused by the police are ruled to have been caused by "excited delirium" and not the brutal electroshock from the taser.

Taser International goes to great lengths to intimidate medical examiners and prosecutors if they attempt to link the use of a taser to the sudden cardiac arrest (death) of a person who was shocked by the police (their customers). It will be interesting to see how Taser International deals with cardiac arrest caused by a taser in the hands of a civilian.

Pull up a chair - this should be interesting...

UPDATE 2: KKTV [LINK] includes link to newscast video entitled "Taser Attack" and they mention the word 'taser' several times. Let's see how long the video link stays on-line...

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