Taser Deaths and Agitated Delirium
Eager to blame the deaths of violent suspects on the police officers who subdue them, ACLU types often call for a moratorium on the use of Tasers.
If you have never seen this hilarious video of a disrespectful young woman who thinks she can ignore the orders of a police officer ("Get out of the car now, or I'm going to taze you!"), then you are in for a treat. Bzzzzzzzzt!
How about a moratorium on "playing the race card," honey?
This extensive review of 167 deaths which were associated with the use of tasers by police officers revealed that the vast majority of suspects died as a result of agitated delirium related to cocaine and/or methamphetamine abuse. I didn't see a single instance in my quick review of those cases where the use of the taser was identified as the cause of death. And I don't recall any cases where drug abuse or psychotic agitation wasn't a feature.
It is unfortunate that police officers, medical personnel, and security officers are inappropriately blamed for the deaths of crazed drug abusers when in reality these deaths are a well-known endpoint to the condition known as agitated delirium.
Patients with agitated delirium in the setting of a simulant-induced psychosis commonly die while they are being subdued and restrained, whether they have been tazed or not. Yet every time I read about such an occurrence in the media, it is presented as an unusual event. Maybe it was the taser....maybe it was the chokehold.....
Maybe it was the drugs. Ya think?