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If I am not mistaken, the officer tasering the suspect was black so how is this a case of racism?
More like a case of authoritarianism. Give people a means to be violent without repercussion and what do you expect? Ethnicity is just another means to divide and conquer.

We work jobs we hate to pay for stuff we don't need to impress people we don't like. Am I the crazy one here?

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Police Lt. Commits suicide after ordering fatal tasering....
« Reply #162 on: October 02, 2008, 01:48:12 PM »
 NEW YORK (AP)  -- A police lieutenant committed suicide Thursday, days after he ordered another officer to fire a stun gun at a naked, distraught man who then fell to his death, police said.

The body of Lt. Michael Pigott, a 21-year police veteran, was found in a police locker room at a former airfield in Brooklyn, New York, dead apparently of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, said Paul Browne, deputy commissioner for public information. He used a weapon that was not his, police said.

Link to CNN article:  http://www.cnn.com/2008/CRIME/10/02/taser.officer.dead.ap/index.html?eref=rss_topstories

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Re: Lt suicides after ordering taseing....
« Reply #163 on: October 02, 2008, 01:50:03 PM »
Officers had radioed for an inflatable bag, but it had not yet arrived when Morales fell.

WTF???

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Re: Lt suicides after ordering taseing....
« Reply #164 on: October 02, 2008, 02:51:08 PM »
NEW YORK (AP)  -- A police lieutenant committed suicide Thursday, days after he ordered another officer to fire a stun gun at a naked, distraught man who then fell to his death, police said.

The body of Lt. Michael Pigott, a 21-year police veteran, was found in a police locker room at a former airfield in Brooklyn, New York, dead apparently of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, said Paul Browne, deputy commissioner for public information. He used a weapon that was not his, police said.

Link to CNN article:  http://www.cnn.com/2008/CRIME/10/02/taser.officer.dead.ap/index.html?eref=rss_topstories

It's to bad he didn't Just do like Joe Banister,Quit and start telling the truth.

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Re: Lt suicides after ordering tasering....
« Reply #165 on: October 02, 2008, 03:02:44 PM »
He used a weapon that was not his

I am sure that statement was meant for people to go down all sorts of rabbit holes.

But I agree with Travis Walker.  Everyone should start coming forward about what is going on (drills, conditioning, censorship, etc.) so we can get expose more about this insane matrix we are beginning to see.
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Re: Lt suicides after ordering tasering....
« Reply #166 on: October 02, 2008, 03:20:02 PM »
It's sounded to me like he probably killed himself more because of getting in trouble, than feeling bad about what happened
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You mean he killed himself because he was being investigated for helping to kill an innocent man rather than because he helped kill an innocent man?
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Re: Lt suicides after ordering tasering....
« Reply #167 on: October 02, 2008, 03:27:41 PM »
why would he use someone else's gun? Something is fishy here.

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Re: Police Lt. Commits suicide after ordering fatal tasering....
« Reply #168 on: October 02, 2008, 03:46:39 PM »
Maybe this will wake the cops up and they will treat us like humans again

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Re: Police Lt. Commits suicide after ordering fatal tasering....
« Reply #169 on: October 02, 2008, 03:52:28 PM »
Maybe this will wake the cops up and they will treat us like humans again

............. Then you woke up.

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Re: Lt suicides after ordering tasering....
« Reply #170 on: October 02, 2008, 03:55:44 PM »
why would he use someone else's gun? Something is fishy here.

This kind of reminds me of a possible scene in a possible film falling in the Dark Blue/Training Day/Shooter/Bad Lieutenant genre:

found in a police locker room at a former airfield in Brooklyn, New York

Is it common for cops to hang out at former airfields?  How many police lockers are in former airfields?  If it is Brooklyn, wouldn't the land be redeveloped by now.

But like I said earlier this can lead everyone down so many rabbit holes.

Update: Never mind: "....killed himself at the unit's headquarters at Floyd Bennett Field."

So this Emergency Service Unit HQ is at a former airfield.  Whatever. Just rabbit holes.
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Re: Lt suicides after ordering tasering....
« Reply #171 on: October 02, 2008, 04:05:50 PM »
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You mean he killed himself because he was being investigated for helping to kill an innocent man rather than because he helped kill an innocent man?
he probobly felt guilty from the sounds of it but i wouldnt make any asumptions unless i met the guy.

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Re: Police Lt. Commits suicide after ordering fatal tasering....
« Reply #172 on: October 02, 2008, 07:38:23 PM »
Did anyone see the movie "Righteous Kill"?

I haven't seen it, but saw the previews.

Storyline ... cops take justice in their own hands to take out guilty criminals who evade justice in the courts.
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Re: Police Lt. Commits suicide after ordering fatal tasering....
« Reply #173 on: October 02, 2008, 07:42:50 PM »
Maybe he said something against the practice of tasering..and he
received assisted suicide?
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Re: Police Lt. Commits suicide after ordering fatal tasering....
« Reply #174 on: October 02, 2008, 07:54:19 PM »
Police, sometimes have a unregistered firearm....
They find uses for them.
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Re: Police Lt. Commits suicide after ordering fatal tasering....
« Reply #175 on: October 02, 2008, 08:11:29 PM »
"Assisted Suicide"
Make it so!

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Re: Police Lt. Commits suicide after ordering fatal tasering....
« Reply #176 on: October 02, 2008, 08:15:42 PM »
Sadly, for some it has to get to that extent before they realize how horrible and corrupt the mental programming is that they are under.
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Re: Police Lt. Commits suicide after ordering fatal tasering....
« Reply #177 on: October 02, 2008, 08:33:06 PM »
Maybe we did not get the whole story about the tasering ... maybe he was shocked by what happened and made noise and ....

But one thing is bugging me:

"The body of Lt. Michael Pigott, a 21-year police veteran ..."

... a "veteran" cop at age 21? Who wrote THAT?
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Re: Police Lt. Commits suicide after ordering fatal tasering....
« Reply #178 on: October 02, 2008, 08:48:40 PM »
21-year veteran is not the same as 21-year old veteran.
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Re: Police Lt. Commits suicide after ordering fatal tasering....
« Reply #179 on: October 02, 2008, 09:36:13 PM »
21-year veteran is not the same as 21-year old veteran.
what he said.my dad was once in the military police. he said he hated it all he did was walk around on base with an m16. so my dad went back to the navy and wound up 8 out of 9 ranks before quittin because he hated his boss.(president clinton)

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Re: Police Lt. Commits suicide after ordering fatal tasering....
« Reply #180 on: October 02, 2008, 09:40:18 PM »
21-year veteran is not the same as 21-year old veteran.

I'm sorry ... I just read that wrong. Do we know how old he was?
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Re: Lt suicides after ordering tasering....
« Reply #181 on: October 02, 2008, 10:25:33 PM »
This kind of reminds me of a possible scene in a possible film falling in the Dark Blue/Training Day/Shooter/Bad Lieutenant genre:

found in a police locker room at a former airfield in Brooklyn, New York

Is it common for cops to hang out at former airfields?  How many police lockers are in former airfields?  If it is Brooklyn, wouldn't the land be redeveloped by now.

But like I said earlier this can lead everyone down so many rabbit holes.

Update: Never mind: "....killed himself at the unit's headquarters at Floyd Bennett Field."

So this Emergency Service Unit HQ is at a former airfield.  Whatever. Just rabbit holes.

How about this direct quote from the article about the gun not being his....

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After the episode, Kelly ordered refresher training for the NYPD's emergency services unit on how to deal with the mentally ill and appointed a new commander of the unit.

Pigott was stripped of his gun and badge and assigned to a job with the department's motor vehicle fleet -- a huge demotion for a 21-year veteran who was assigned to such an elite team. The Brooklyn district attorney's office and the police department investigated.
http://www.cnn.com/2008/CRIME/10/02/taser.officer.dead.ap/index.html?eref=rss_topstories

They took his service issued gun from him ... he might not have had another gun registered yet, borrowed, or even illegally possessed one.  There a number of different directions to go down that don't involve someone killing Pigott, and then staging it as a suicide.
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Re: Tasers - The New Weapon of Choice for the NWO
« Reply #183 on: December 10, 2008, 08:46:36 AM »
New Study: Tasers Much Stronger than Manufacturers Let On


So much for "zero risk."

By Digby, Hullabaloo
Posted on December 9, 2008, Printed on December 10, 2008
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What do you know? The Canadian Broadcasting Company did independent testing on tasers and it turns out they often release quite a bit more electricity than the manufacturer says they are capable of. Shocking (no pun intended.)



The doctors and engineers consulted by the CBC to interpret the results determined the higher electrical current was enough to raise the risk of an irregular heartbeat to as much as 50 percent for those with existing heart troubles.


The risk level depends on various factors, including whether the heart lies between the Taser's barbs and how long the shock lasts. The risk would decline if, for example, the Taser's barbs fell off or didn't fully penetrate the skin.

Savard also concluded that multiple shocks from normally working Tasers posed up to a 5 percent risk of ventricular fibrillation, the abnormal heart rhythm associated with a heart attack.



Savard said he is worries that police are given Tasers that are potentially deadly but are told they are totally safe. He suspects such pronouncements have led to a dangerous "drift" in usage of the weapons.

"If you're told there's zero risk . . . you can start using it just to save time because you're tired of talking with the subject," he said.




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Re: Tasers - The New Weapon of Choice for the NWO
« Reply #184 on: December 16, 2008, 10:47:31 AM »
Amnesty warns of 'lethal' Tasers
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7785402.stm
 

Amnesty wants tougher controls
on the use of Taser stun guns.

Industry claims that Taser stun guns are safe do not stand up to scrutiny and tougher controls over their use are needed, says Amnesty International.

Taser guns - used by police forces around the world - deliver a 50,000 volt shock to disable suspects.

A report by the human rights group said Taser shocks caused or contributed to dozens of deaths in the US.

Amnesty urged governments to limit their deployment to life-threatening situations or suspend their use.

In its report on the use of Tasers in the US, Amnesty said between 2001 and August 2008, 334 Americans died after being subjected to a Taser shock, with medical examiners and coroners concluding that at least 50 of the deaths were caused or contributed to by the shocks.

'Open to abuse'

"The problem with Tasers is that they are inherently open to abuse, as they are easy to carry and easy to use and can inflict severe pain at the push of a button, without leaving substantial marks," said the report's author Angela Wright, a researcher at Amnesty International.
 
Many were subjected to repeated or prolonged shocks - far more than the five-second "standard" cycle.

Some people were even shocked for failing to comply with police commands after they had been incapacitated by a first shock.

In at least six of the cases where people died, Tasers were used on individuals suffering from medical conditions such as seizures - including a doctor who had crashed his car when he suffered an epileptic seizure.

He died after being repeatedly shocked at the side of the road when, dazed and confused, he failed to comply with an officer's commands.

Amnesty said US police officers also used Tasers on schoolchildren, pregnant women and even an elderly person with dementia.

"Tasers are not the 'non-lethal' weapons they are portrayed to be," said Angela Wright. "They can kill and should only be used as a last resort."

More understanding

Tasers and other "conducted energy devices" are used in many countries, including Britain, Canada, France and the United States.

Video: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/7785838.stm
Archive footage of a student being tasered in Florida

The manufacturers and police forces who use them maintain that studies show they are a safer alternative to using firearms to control dangerous or combative people.
However, the human rights group claims these studies are limited in scope and have pointed to the need for more understanding of the effects of such devices on vulnerable people, including those under the influence of stimulant drugs or in poor health.

"We are very concerned that electro-shock weapons such as Tasers have been rolled out for general use before rigorous, independent testing of their effects." said Angela Wright.

Last Friday, prosecutors in Canada opted not to press charges against four police officers seen on video using a Taser gun on a Polish immigrant in Vancouver airport in October 2007. The 40-year-old man, Robert Dziekanski, died within minutes.
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Re: Tasers - The New Weapon of Choice for the NWO
« Reply #185 on: January 07, 2009, 08:32:23 PM »
Tasers have been proven to cause an irregular heart rate and eventual death minutes after the Taser is applied. This goes against Police and Taser International's argument that the taser is benign.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GrYkgH5G8Bg



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Re: Tasers - The New Weapon of Choice for the NWO
« Reply #186 on: February 27, 2009, 09:50:32 AM »
Posted on Thu, Feb. 26, 2009
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/southflorida/story/923138.html

Supreme Court could decide the future of Tasers

BY DAVID SMILEY

Watch :
Buckley  v. Haddock

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With a Washington County deputy struggling to force him to his feet, Jesse Buckley didn't kick, flail his cuffed hands or try to run.
He wept.

That was enough for Buckley, arrested after refusing to sign a speeding citation, to receive three, 50,000-volt shocks from Deputy Jonathan Rackard's Taser as he screamed and rolled around on the ground.

Recorded by a camera from inside Rackard's police cruiser, the 2004 North Florida incident has been seen by more than 25,000 on YouTube.com and could become an integral part of the controversial debate over the increased use of shock devices.

The clip is evidence in the case of Buckley v. Haddock, a complaint submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court that could lead to the high court's first ruling on Tasers.

Should the high court decide to hear the case, Florida will find itself back in the forefront in the ongoing debate over the use of stun guns, which temporarily paralyze their victims. Police say the weapon is the safest way to quash a tense situation or bring down an unruly subject. But medical experts debate its health hazards or lack-there-of and judicial panels continue to issue rulings on cases involving alleged abuse of the weapon.

Miami was the city Taser International, the largest manufacturer of stun guns, chose to launch its civilian push in 2005.

Likening Rackard's use of the weapon to a cattle prod, the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida filed the petition earlier this month after an 11th Judicial Circuit panel last year ruled the use of the Taser against Buckley was not excessive.

Maria Kayanan, associate legal director of ACLU of Florida, said that as it stands, the ruling could sanction abuse of the weapon by Florida's law enforcement.

But just as important, attorneys say, is that a Supreme Court ruling on the case could affect Taser use by law enforcement throughout the country.

''Any ruling by the Supreme Court on use of a Taser would have significant nationwide implications,'' Kayanan said.

It was in Gainesville where Andrew Meyer made ''Don't Tase me, Bro'' a catch phrase after a clip of University of Florida police shocking him with a Taser during a John Kerry Q&A made it onto YouTube.com.

And last December, Miami-Dade and Broward counties received the dubious notoriety of making an Amnesty International list of the top-10 counties where the most Taser-related deaths occurred over an seven-year period.

The recently released USA: Less than Lethal? report reviewed 334 deaths in the United States involving Tasers between 2001 and 2008. Of those deaths, 52 were in Florida. Six died in Broward and five in Miami-Dade.

Researchers behind the study have called for greater regulation in the use of stun guns and further research.

''It should be considered a potentially lethal weapon and there hasn't been enough research yet,'' said Angela Wright, an Amnesty International researcher. ``There has to be strict control of their use.''

In Broward County alone, there are more than 2,500 Tasers available for law enforcement officers, as every police department has purchased the weapons. Even the quiet village of Key Biscayne purchased an order of the stun guns in January.

Steve Tuttle, spokesman for Taser International, said the comparisons to torture devices and statements that research has been scant are misleading.

Tuttle noted that the Amnesty International study was admittedly unscientific and that of the 334 deaths reviewed in the study, an overwhelming majority were found to have been caused by a high dosage of stimulants or preexisting health disorders.

Tuttle acknowledged that as a law enforcement tool, a Taser can be abused just like a baton or pepper spray, but he also said if a Taser is used in an improper way, it is difficult for law enforcement to hide the truth.

''No other product has a chip that records the time, rate and duration of an application,'' Tuttle said. ``We put that in there as a law enforcement tool. It's an audit that's a double-edged sword. If an officer is lying, he's going to get caught.''

And even as some studies question the use of Tasers, independent research done by universities such as Florida Gulf Coast University and Wake Forest University suggest the weapon not only is safe for use, but also saves officers and suspects from injuries.

''Right now, it does seem to be the best tool for the job and success rates are pretty high,'' said Charlie Mesloh, director of the Weapons and Equipment Research Institute at Florida Gulf Coast University.

Mesloh reviewed Taser deployments among Orlando police and Orange County sheriff's deputies during a three-year period and said he found that an officer would have been justified in using a gun during 500 out of 4,303 cases in which a Taser was used.

Even critics agree that the Tasers can serve a useful role, often leaving the debate to focus on how and when the device should be used and on whom.

''That is the critical question because the Taser can produce benefits and has potential for detrimental outcomes,'' said Lorie Fridell, a board member of the ACLU of Florida and a criminology professor at the University of South Florida.

But weighing the pros and cons is difficult because there is no way to quantify how many lives the device has saved.

''It's so much easier to measure the number of people who have died after Taser use than it is to measure and document lives that were saved because a Taser was used,'' Fridell said.
 



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Re: Tasers - The New Weapon of Choice for the NWO
« Reply #187 on: April 09, 2009, 10:40:18 AM »
Tasers Are the New Killers: Watch Their Popularity Surge!

Watch out: 50,000-volt Tasers are deployed in London this week; meanwhile, a new model can 'instantly incapacitate' multiple people at a time.


By Liliana Segura, AlterNet
Posted on April 2, 2009, Printed on April 9, 2009
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As protesters descend upon London's financial district to demonstrate the G-20 summit this week, they are being met by thousands of Metropolitan police officers carrying out what has repeatedly been described as the biggest police operation ever undertaken in the capital. Pre-emptive arrests were made earlier this week and despite the mainly nonviolent protests -- overshadowed by media reports of a "seige" on the Bank of England -- by Wednesday night, more than 60 people had been arrested and one man was dead.

Police in London have been gearing up for these clashes for months, attracting press attention for the “unprecedented” security deployment and the various tools at their disposal. Among them are so-called "non-lethal weapons" of the sort that have become biquitous crowd control devices. "Scotland Yard is to deploy officers armed with 50,000-volt Taser stun guns to deal with violent demonstrators," the Times Online reported earlier this week, noting that police were gearing up for any "anarchist elements" "likely to stir up trouble."

Months after the Republican National Convention in the U.S., such sweeping security measures may seem to be par for the course. But in the UK -- where police forces have traditionally not carried guns -- it was not that long ago that Tasers were new to the streets. Since their arrival in the spring of 2003, however, their popularity has skyrocketed; last fall, Home Secretary Jacqui Smith unveiled a plan to spend £8 million on Tasers and Taser training for 30,000 police officers, providing some 10,000 new Tasers to police across England and Wales. "I am proud that we have one of the few police services around the world that do not regularly carry firearms," Smith said, "and I want to keep it that way." But an arms expert at Amnesty International UK called the move "a dangerous step in British policing," citing "numerous" taser deaths in North America as a cautionary example.

Meanwhile in the U.S., such fatalities continue. Last month, a Michigan teenager died after police tasered him, one day short of his 16th birthday.

It would be preposterous at this point for anyone with access to the news media to claim that Tasers are the safe policing tools they are marketed as. Yet Taser International, the corporation that makes them, continues to market this dangerous -- and lucrative -- myth. On March 31, the company's latest Taser model -- called the Shockwave -- hit the market; according to Taser International website, it "allows for both increased safety and stand-off capability during hostile situations, minimizing risk with a stand-off distance of up to 100 meters." But as Dalia Hashad, director of Amnesty International’s USA Program focusing on domestic human rights, wrote about the product last fall, the Shockwave "belongs in my 'You've Got to Be Kidding' file along with Taser International's leopard-print MP3 player that doubles as a taser and their employment of Playboy Bunnies for promotion." The company's literature shows it to be a powerful crowd-control weapon:

"With the push of a button at a stand-off distance of up to 100 meters, the Shockwave unit deploys multiple standard TASER® cartridges that are oriented across an area arc. Full area coverage is provided to instantaneously incapacitate multiple personnel within that region."

"Development of weapons that allow police to tase en mass is not good news," says Hashad. " ... Would you be willing to go to a protest knowing that police on the scene were armed with Taser Shockwave? I wouldn't bring my daughter, which means that I might have to stay home. Maybe that's the point."

It is not clear what model of Taser London police are using at the G20 summit. But with the UK embracing Taser technology, it is only a matter of time before the kinds of fatalities seen regularly in North America start showing up across the Atlantic. The company doesn’t seem concerned, though. The British version of Taser International's website, www.taser.co.uk, boasts: "0% long term injury. 94% success rate."

Taser use is down in Canada

One place where the Taser trend actually appears to be changing is Canada, where high-profile taser deaths, along with a recent study on the dangers of Tasers, are leading to a serious rethinking of the weapon. Four months after a Canadian report found that the type of Taser model most often used by police officers can significantly raise the risk of cardiac arrest -- prompting Canadian officials to say they were pulling the model from its police ranks -- Taser use in Canada has decreased dramatically. Last week Reuters reported that the "use of Taser stun guns by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) dropped by almost a third last year, possibly because of a high-profile controversy about the weapon's safety and accusations the gun was being over-used."

The official who released the numbers, who heads the Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP, told reporters in a press conference that Canadian authorities are showing more "self-restraint" when it comes to deploying tasers -- while also suggesting that suspects are less likely to resist police officers for fear of being tasered to death. "People now recognize that the Taser is painful and that Taser -- maybe they're thinking -- may kill me, and they're co-operating too," said Paul Kennedy of the RCMP, a government agency that, according to Reuters, "is expected to issue a more comprehensive report on Taser use" in coming days.

This is pretty unsatisfying for people who would like to see a ban on Tasers -- or at least a moratorium until their safety can be guaranteed (a dubious prospect). More importantly, in the meantime, allowing Tasers to occupy a gray area -- not lethal except when they are -- will make it that much harder for police to be held accountable for excessive force and homicide. Cops already get away with shooting suspects dead with little to no consequences. Arming them with Tasers under the pretense that they are safe will only perpetuate this trend as inevitable deaths occur.

Like "pre-emptive" arrests, the 50,000-volt Tasers that London police are carrying as they stand off with G20 protesters this week may be seen as a necessary precaution. But the past several years have shown the slippery slope governments create in the name of security. Any Taser deaths in London this week will be treated as a tragic accident, to be sure. But they should not be treated as a surprise.



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« Reply #189 on: April 13, 2009, 05:40:04 PM »
Taser's Delirium Defense

How lawyers used junk science to explain away stun-gun deaths.
—By Bernice Yeung



http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2009/02/tasers-delirium-defense


By Bernice Yeung | Wed February 25, 2009 2:20 PM PST
By all accounts, Patrick Lee was having too good a time at the Mercy Lounge, a Nashville rock club. He'd commenced the September 2005 evening by dropping a few hits of acid. Before long, the 21-year-old was tripping and determined to climb onstage. A bouncer eighty-sixed him and called the cops, who, according to witnesses, found Lee outside the club, babbling incoherently. Things went downhill fast. Lee made a move toward an officer and was hit with pepper spray. He ran a few feet and stripped off his clothes. The cops deployed their Tasers­, jolting Lee 19 times in all. By the time paramedics arrived, witnesses say, he was unresponsive. He died 39 hours later. The cause, a county medical examiner concluded, was "excited delirium."

For the past five years, this has been a common conclusion in deadly incidents involving Tasers, and the nation's top seller of electric stun guns prefers it that way; Taser International Inc. has twice sued medical examiners who cited its products as a contributing factor in a subject's death. At the same time, the company aggressively promotes awareness of excited delirium, an ill-defined condition that helps it fend off lawsuits. Thanks partly to testimony from a cast of ED proponents, several with financial ties to the company, Taser has lost just one wrongful-death case at trial out of 33 filed against it since 2001. (Dozens more lawsuits are pending.)

Taser's lone courtroom defeat, which it may appeal, involves Robert Heston, a California meth user who died after 25 jolts. Last June, the family's lawyers convinced a jury that Heston most likely died not of ED, but rather of cardiac arrest due to metabolic acidosis—a temporary state in agitated individuals that may be exacerbated by excessive Tasering, recent animal studies indicate. But in January, a suit by Patrick Lee's parents was dismissed after Taser argued that excited delirium was the culprit. "We look at excited delirium as a responsibility-shifting mechanism," says Peter Williamson, an attorney for the Hestons. "It's a way for the police department, the officer, and Taser to shift responsibility to the victim."

The company insists its devices never kill, but Amnesty International, the only organization to have compiled data on the issue, says there have been 334 fatalities following Taser jolts since 2001. In 69 of these cases, autopsy reports specifically cited ED as a cause of death.

"Of all in-custody deaths [not involving firearms], excited delirium syndrome is the most common form," notes Vincent Di Maio, a Taser expert witness, retired Texas medical examiner, and coauthor of the 2005 book Excited Delirium Syndrome: Cause of Death and Prevention.

But as a medical condition, the term is meaningless. "We have no idea what any of the causes are, what the biology behind it might be, what underlies it, how being in this state leads to death with supposedly some intervention with a Taser or other force," says Matthew Stanbrook, a faculty member at the University of Toronto medical school.

Purported ED signs range from "bizarre" behavior to sweating and high body temperature, attraction to shiny objects or glass, foaming at the mouth, a penchant for disrobing, aggression, and superhuman strength. Such symptoms could result from "alcohol withdrawal, acute schizophrenia, bipolar disease, stimulant drug intoxication, psychological illness plus stimulant drugs, hypoglycemia, an infection of the brain. I could go on," says Christine Hall, a Canadian ER physician who researches in-custody deaths.

"The bottom line is this," says Andrew Dennis, a Chicago surgeon, part-time police officer, and medical researcher who coauthored three studies of Taser's effects on swine. "You have a lot of people who are acting psychotic, and often law enforcement is asked to deal with them. Some subgroup of this population is going to die, and we don't know why. This potential at-risk group is the quote-unquote excited delirium group. But there are no common threads to identify this at-risk group. As far as I'm concerned, everything discussed about excited delirium is conjecture."

None of these concerns have stopped Taser from talking up ED in training sessions, literature, and court filings. The company attends conferences for police chiefs and medical examiners, where it distributes ED-related literature, and has doled out free copies of Di Maio's book. It also sends unsolicited materials to medical examiners when an in-custody death occurs in their jurisdiction. In 2002, Taser released a statement for police to use if someone died in a Taser-related incident. "We regret the unfortunate loss of life," it begins. "There are many cases where excited delirium caused by various mental disorders or medical conditions, that may or may not include drug use, can lead to a fatal conclusion."

The expression first appeared in medical documents in the 1800s, and for a time it was associated with deaths in asylums. It fell into disuse during the 1950s and was revived in the 1980s, essentially to describe the agitated state of cocaine addicts. Since then, ED has been the subject of dozens of articles aimed at law enforcement. (Among the authors are Jeffrey Ho, an ER doctor whom Taser pays to conduct studies and testify—he got $70,000 during a recent 12-month stretch—and Mark Kroll, a member of Taser's science advisory board who has cashed in at least $2.5 million in company stock options.)

The term has also gained traction among medical examiners and coroners. "People are looking for an explanation for some of these deaths," notes Stanbrook, "and this syndrome provides an answer that's convenient." (In an unpublished survey last year by a national medical examiners group, 67 of 187 MEs said Taser's litigi­ousness would affect their conclusions in cases involving stun guns.) Last October, prompted by the term's growing popularity in law enforcement, the American College of Emergency Physicians resolved to study whether ED should be considered as a diagnosis.

Several people I spoke with credit Taser for helping popularize excited delirium. Dennis, the surgeon-cop, first heard the term, he says, at a company training session five years ago; Shao-Hua Lu, a psychiatrist who treats addicts at Vancouver General Hospital, hadn't heard of ED before 2007, when he began working on a Canadian government probe of Taser safety. "No [practicing] medical doctor would write down 'delirium' on a death certificate as a cause of death," says Lu, who trains Canadian Mounties to identify mental health problems, including various forms of delirium, in their subjects. "I don't understand why MEs would write that."

Taser insists that any corporate outreach involving ED relates to safe use of its products. "We don't teach anything about excited delirium," says spokesman Steve Tuttle. "We let law enforcement agencies know that they need to be aware of it."

But the company is remarkably tight with America's foremost ED training and advocacy business. The Institute for the Prevention of In-Custody Deaths (ipicd) was cofounded by police trainer John Peters and an old acquaintance, Michael Brave, Taser's national litigation counsel.

At the time, Peters later stated in a deposition, he was reworking his firm's training regimen after hearing from other stun-gun merchants. "Some of the manufacturers said, you know, '[Police departments] are paying out lots of money in these lawsuits, and it's hurting us because they don't have money left over to buy our product.'"

In 2005, Peters filed corporate papers for the ipicd listing himself and Brave as the founding directors. Within six months, the institute was leading eight-hour sessions at Taser's Scottsdale, Arizona, compound, teaching cops to recognize ED and often touting Tasers as the most effective tool for subduing agitated individuals. In the first two years, Brave estimated in a deposition, Taser paid $70,000 to $80,000 for the sessions. To date, Peters says, the ipicd has certified some 10,000 officers worldwide as in-custody death prevention instructors.

Taser also pays the way for Peters and ipicd instructor David Berman to speak at outside conferences, directs business Peters' way, and helps plug the ipicd's annual conference in Las Vegas, where past presenters have included Taser-backed researchers and employees. A flyer for last October's three-day shindig, which drew 250 attendees, promised the "historic" opportunity to help form a "general consensus about excited delirium that will then be published in leading medical, legal, and law enforcement journals." As an expert witness for Taser, Peters charges $5,000 plus $2,750 per day; in 2007, he was paid about $42,000.

Peters sees nothing inappropriate about his Taser connections. "We are not aligned with them at all," he says, although "we did not distinguish ourselves enough" at the start. (Brave, now listed as an inactive director, says he remains a legal adviser at ipicd.) In any case, the institute will continue in its quest to entrench ED as a medical and psychological diagnosis, Peters says, "to quiet these folks" who don't believe it exists.

These folks include Heston attorney John Burton, who, not surprisingly, finds the ipicd/Taser bond problematic. "These guys want to help the police stop killing people, and they're trying to build a liability defense for when they do," he says. "The two things are in direct conflict."

Brave, for his part, has nothing but contempt for the company's critics. "How much more damage are we going to do to police officers by continuing to put forth this ignorant rhetoric?" he asks. "A druggie's mommy hires a plaintiff's attorney, and now we need to blame someone. Do we blame the person who sold them the drugs or the mommy who let them take the drugs or the kid who actually took the drugs? No. We blame the police and Taser, because they were present at the time of death."

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« Reply #190 on: April 23, 2009, 02:53:28 PM »
Naked Wizard Taser Brawl At Coachella (VIDEO NSFW)

The best Tasering video since "Don't Tase me bro!"

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/23/naked-wizard-tazered-at-c_n_190502.html?view=print



The police officers beg and plead for the man to put on his robes, but all the Naked Wizard wants to do is be free of his wizard sleeves and hang in the breeze. He throws his colorful garb onto the grass.

"It doesn't have to stop," the Naked Wizard says.

"I'll tell you what," the cop says. "You can have a great time -- but you can have an even better time if you put your clothes on...Can I get them for you?"

The officer grabs the gown and tosses to the Naked Wizard, but he casts it away again. Then the cops put on their rubber gloves, and things get ugly.

Herewith, the best Tasering video since "Don't Tase me bro!"

WATCH (Video contains Naked Wizard nudity):

http://vimeo.com/4273363?pg=embed&sec=


Naked Wizard Tased By Reality from Tracy Anderson on Vimeo.
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« Reply #191 on: January 27, 2015, 04:08:41 PM »
Very interesting information, thank you.
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« Reply #192 on: January 29, 2017, 08:18:06 PM »
 I for one am not convinced that Tasers are the weapon one should be worried about, nor am I surprised by any report that says a Taser is more dangerous than it is reported to be.

Any non lethal weapon can be used as a lethal weapon, it isn't that complicated to figure out how to use a non lethal weapon in a lethal manner. 1 taser to the face may not kill a person, but i would wager a bet that 3-5 people tasering another person in the face, could cause death upon another. or not even the face where ever on the body.

I am more concerned with the weapons that can not be seen, the air borne,  viruses etc, biological warfare . poisons put into drinking water. contamination of our food that pump in ingredients that are known to cause or could cause cancer.  Or the laser pistol  like on Star Trek that can vaporize a person or turn them into a pile of dust.