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, September 17, 2010

Taser deaths: homicides by internal causes

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Greenville's police chief said that though the death of a man who was shocked with a Taser was ruled a homicide, it is not considered criminal.
It's not difficult to accept that a homicide might sometimes be lawful, as opposed to criminal. (But it might be best if such decisions were made by way of a public inquiry - not just the opinion of a coroner, a police chief, or a local DA.)
An autopsy report stated that Andrew Torres, who police shocked with Tasers, died from cardiac arrhythmia caused by an enlarged heart and that the physical exertion of the altercation with officers may have contributed to his death.

So it's a homicide ('by the hand of another', i.e. EXTERNAL), but was caused by an enlarged heart (i.e. an INTERNAL condition).


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