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A man who was running through traffic in his underwear died early Saturday at William Beaumont Hospital in Troy after Shelby Township police used a Taser gun on him....
...When paramedics arrived, the man broke away from a medical examination and ran into traffic, police said. Officers caught him, struggled to control him, and used a Taser gun to subdue him, police said.
The man was returned to waiting medical personnel and quickly lost consciousness, police said. He was transported by ambulance to the Oakland County hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Originally posted by DontTreadOnMe
It seems like there are too many instances where people are tasered lately.
And suffering sometimes fatal consequences.
Safety: Manufacturer Taser International claims "no deaths have occurred as a direct result of the use of its taser technology products" (Taser International Inc. media release 28 April 2004). It has recently listed on its web site all the deaths occurring after the person has been tasered but not caused by the taser shock. Sixty people in the United States have died since 2001 after being tasered and concerns are mounting as the number of deaths increases. After 6 deaths in Canada, the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, in August this year, requested a "unique and comprehensive review of scientific research, field reports, and data on the use of Tasers in police work in Canada and around the World" (RCMP News Report 18/8/04).
Lack of scientific research: There is a paucity of independent and rigorous research into the effects and safety of the tasers. There have been no tests published in scholarly peer-review scientific journals. Taser relies on two studies, one of a single pig in 1996 and on five dogs in 1999 conducted by company paid researchers. (The Taser: Life Saver or Killer? The New York Times, 18/7/04). They also cite many examples of police voluntarily being tasered as evidence of safety, but for the most part they receive a shock one tenth that given to suspects. Medical experts are now warning to be wary of labelling tasers safe (Special Report: Tasers -- Do they kill? Patrick Maloney, The London Free press, 21/8/04).
Officials also said they're confident officers violated no department policies and none were disciplined.
"Our preliminary report indicates the policy was followed," said Ralph Maccarone, township supervisor. "There is no plan to suspend the use of Tasers in Shelby Township."
POLICE have used a stun gun to subdue a man who smeared himself with faeces and blood after being thrown out of a Gold Coast nightclub.
The cause of death for a Shelby Township man who died after being shocked by police with a Taser was ruled "coc aine induced excited delirium," with phyical restraint as a contributing factor, the Oakland County Medical Examiner’s office said today.
Shelby Township police said the medical examiner ruled the Aug. 4 death of Steven Spears, 49, as accidental. The report was forwarded to the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office, which is conducting an independent investigation.
Police asked the sheriff’s office to investigate the circumstances surrounding Spears’ death.