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.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Anastasio Hernandez cause of death - think about it...

The autopsy released Friday confirmed preliminary findings that Anastasio Hernandez died of a heart attack, with a heart condition and methamphetamine use listed as contributing factors. ... The report by the San Diego County medical examiner's office said Hernandez, 42, became unresponsive shortly after he was shot by the Taser, apparently three or four times. He had Taser marks on his right side and left buttock, the report said. ... Hernandez had 0.16 milligrams of methamphetamine per liter of blood, which the autopsy characterized as acute. ...

I'm not an expert in typical concentrations of drugs in blood, but a quick Google search reveals that it's perfectly legal to drive an automobile in the state of Virginia provided that your blood has a concentration LESS THAN "0.1 milligrams of methamphetamine per liter of blood". [LINK] So it's difficult to make a rational argument that a blood concentration less than twice the legal drugged-drive limit is somehow lethal (excluding the taser hits). It seems like a bit of a stretch to blame what appears to be distinctly NON-overdose.

Especially when you look at the temporal sequence.

Don't get me wrong. Absolutely the drug use has to be considered to be a contributing factor, but what was the immediate cause of death?

No comments: