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.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Stanley Harlan, Moberly, MO

#370 - August 29, 2008: Stanley James Harlan, 23, Moberly, Missouri.

Right around midnight on the night of August 28, 2008, Mr. Harlan was tasered, become unresponsive, and died. All in a row. And in the correct order too.

Police say when Harlan resisted, the officer deployed his Taser twice to subdue him. The first Taser shock lasted five seconds and the subsequent shock was only one second. Harlan became unresponsive soon thereafter. [LINK]

Oh sorry - CORRECTION - THREE TIMES. [See videos below.]

For 21 seconds. For 7 seconds. And then for 3 seconds.

That adds up to 31 seconds. 31 seconds? That sounds like a very familiar number...

KOMU TV reports (including video on demand):
Published Wednesday, April 29, 2009 at 6:48 PM [LINK]
Published Wednesday, April 29, 2009 at 10:10 PM [LINK]

The parallels with the Dziekanski case are amazing. About the only thing different is that the airport terminal building is missing.

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