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, May 20, 2010

Reminder (23 June 2009) - Moberly settles Stanley Harlan taser-death for $2.4M

Given the recent $2.0M settlement for the taser-death of Michael Patrick Jacobs Jr. settlement by Fort Worth, TX, it's probably worth reminding everyone about the Stanley Harlan case...

"...by the hands of another..." (16 November 2008) [LINK]

The Randolph County coroner Gerald Luntsford has ruled that the August death of Stanley Harlan, 23, whom Moberly police shocked twice with a Taser during a traffic stop was a homicide. "A homicide only means that a person came to their death by the hands of another," Luntsford said today. [LINK]

[And what device was in those hands? A taser !!!]

Luntsford said he could not disclose whether the use of the Taser killed Harlan. "There’s no doubt it contributed to it," the coroner said...

Moberly, MO pays $2.4M - plus Taser Moratorium !!! (23 June 2009) [LINK]

Moberly, MO - Attorneys say a northeast Missouri city has agreed to pay $2.4 million to survivors of a man who died after police fired a taser at him numerous times. Lawyers for the family of 23-year-old Stanley Harlan say the settlement with the city of Moberly was filed Monday in U.S. District Court in St. Louis. The agreement includes an indefinite moratorium on the use of Tasers by Moberly police officers. [LINK]

I told you that 2009 was going to be 'an interesting year' for Taser International.

Other jurisdictions might wish to consider this news carefully.

(Ahem...) Other jurisdictions might wish to consider this news carefully.

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