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.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Dr. Mark Kroll supports 'Blood pH' taser-death mechanism

Kroll has graciously provided direct support for the 'Blood pH' taser death mechanism. [LINK]

Dr. Mark Kroll: "The fundamentals of an excited delirium [+ taser] death are not that difficult to understand. Our bodies have limits to exertion. ... would eventually tire and slow down or stop because our brain recognizes signals of overexertion such as acid in our blood. If we were to continue -- because our brain ignored such signals [or because you're being tasered] -- we would exert ourselves until we died. The body has limits for a reason. If these limits are sufficiently exceeded we will die." [LINK]

What does the taser do even when it is working exactly as planned?

It locks-up muscles, perhaps many muscles. Perhaps similar to weight lifters when they strain every muscle in their bodies.

To quote the obviously-incomplete and liability-inducing taser warning sheet:

"The TASER device can cause strong muscle contractions that may result in physical exertion or athletic/sports-type injuries."

Now think!

What would be the exactly worst device to use on someone that might already be worked up in the manner described by Kroll? The subject is already teetering on the edge of their limits of exertion. And the officer comes along, and (in accordance with his training and product promises) gives them a good solid tasering (more physical exertion), and thereby pushes them right over the edge, and the victim ends up dead.

It all makes sense.

Dangerously exerted. Add lots more involuntary physical exertion. Surprise, surprise.

This alternate (non-cardiac) explanation for taser-CAUSED deaths suggested by Dr. Mark Kroll is exactly in alignment with the 'Blood pH' taser death mechanism which won the "$6.2M" FAILURE TO WARN lawsuit against Taser International. [LINK]

Given that Dr. Mark Kroll sits on (...a thick stack of TASR stocks and options, and on...) the scientific and medical advisory board for TASER International, his opinion regarding this self-evident taser-induced death mechanism might be quite useful for the next flood of 'Blood pH' (or anything similar) taser death lawsuits.

The original story is here [LINK]. Plaintiff lawyers may wish to grab a copy and compare this admission to the obviously-incomplete official Taser product warning sheet.

Dr. Mark Kroll's statement may be directly applicable to the likely-inevitable lawsuit regarding the death of Brian Cardall. He's just tossed Taser International into the mix.

Note also - all of this also fits into the RCMP warning that tasers are especially dangerous (including risk of death) when used on people in an agitated state.

See also the comments associated with Kroll's letter [LINK].

"So, Excited delirium is a term invented when COWBOYS roamed the wild wild west huh? Makes sense. It uses about the same amount of medical mentality and knowledge as they had 200 years ago when everyone carried a gun, rode a horse, and dodged sagebrush on their way to work shoeing horses."

"Mark Kroll is about as deceptive a shill as they come. If a search is done from the AMA website using their search function not a single document comes up that is available to be accessed by the public that even mentions "excited delirium". The true fact is that the AMA DOES NOT recognize 'excited delirium' as a valid medical or psychiatric condition. That fact is easily confirmed by performing a simple Google search. It is also not recognized by the American Psychiatric Association as a valid medical or psychiatric condition..."

PS: I wonder if Taser International is on the line to Kroll telling him to Shut up!, or if this is part of an elaborate scheme to (somehow?) reduce liability in the long run.

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