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.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Braidwood on "excited delirium"

In a 1,000-page report, Braidwood concluded... [LINK]

... It is not helpful to characterise people displaying these behaviours as suffering from "excited delirium". Doing so implies that excited delirium is a medical condition or diagnosis, when mental health professionals uniformly reject that suggestion.

Assigning responsibility to such symptoms (in the guise of a diagnosis) conveniently avoids having to examine the underlying medical condition or conditions that actually caused death, let alone examining whether use of the conducted energy weapon and/or subsequent measures to physically restrain the subject contributed to those causes of death. ...

This conclusion is perfectly clear.

1 comment:

Mark p.s.2 said...

Quilem Registre killed in 2007. Punishment today 5 days and 20 days suspension .

Mort de Quilem Registre - Deux policiers suspendus
7 février 2012
Les deux policiers mis en cause dans la mort de Quilem Registre, Yannick Bordeleau et Steve Thibert, ont été suspendus respectivement vingt jours et cinq jours ouvrables sans solde.

Yannick Bordeleau lui a administré six décharges de Taser afin de le maîtriser, pour un total de 300 000 volts en 53 secondes.


"Thirty eight year old Quilem Registre died in hospital in October 2007, several days after receiving six discharges from a Taser gun fired by a Montreal police officer who had pulled him over for running a stop sign. The officer had deemed Registre very agitated and aggressive."