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, May 28, 2010

Cardiac arrest and death "As a result of the Taser..."

"Carl D’Andre Johnson... As a result of the Taser, police said, Johnson went into cardiac arrest and died." [LINK]

Taser International's propaganda police will be working overtime this weekend.

In 2007 five people died shortly after being Tasered in Maryland, raising safety concerns. However, medical examiners rarely if ever rule that a Taser is directly responsible for a person’s death. [ibid]

Perhaps they don't know what to look for.

It's worth noting that the Maryland Attorney General has concluded that Taser International has significantly understated the risks of taser use.

This latest tasered_and_died incident is yet another example of the taser's "Curious Temporal Asymmetry" (Google the phrase).

More (1):

Baltimore County police say a pickup truck went off the road and into a highway sign on southbound Interstate 795 at about 9:10 p.m. Thursday. They say a Maryland state trooper arrived and found 48-year-old Carl D'Andre Johnson in his truck. Police say Johnson threatened and assaulted the trooper. County police officers then came and Johnson continued fighting with them. An officer fired a stun gun, but it had no effect on Johnson. He was struck a second time with a stun gun, and as officers went to handcuff him, they found he was unresponsive. [LINK]

Tasered twice and "unresponsive" (dead) within seconds.

Denials of taser-death causality ring hollow.

More (2): [LINK]

More (3): [LINK]

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