Archive for the 'Cocaine' Category

USA – Gilbert, Arizona man dead a day after officers used Taser to subdue him (2014-06-08)

Posted on June 8 2014 by admin

[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Tasered, then died: 34-year-old Daniel Bester in hospital.  was nude and yelling in the courtyard when police reponded to a domestic violence call. Police say he fought with them resisting arrest. It is unclear how mant times the taser was used. He showed signs of medical distress and died later in hospital. […]

USA – Miami Beach, Florida: Reefa Taser Death: Cops Suggest He Was on Cocaine (2013-10-10)

Posted on October 10 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The autopsy report seems to being kept secret, while an article in the Miami Herald claims cocaine, leading to “excited delirium” caused Israel Hernandez’s death on August the 6th at Miami Beach (see related stories): 200 protesters and his family chanted and waved signs in protest over his taser-related death. “I’m […]

USA – Death of tasered Kingstree, South Carolina man who fled from officers ruled an accident (2013-10-02)

Posted on October 2 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Tasered-then-died “by accident”: on 15 April 2013 Carl Ballard, 29, fled on foot from officers, was tasered several times, arrested, went into medical alert and died within minutes in hospital. His death was the result the “toxic effects of cocaine”. The autopsy: a “postmortem peripheral blood cocaine concentration” of 329 nanograms […]

USA – Miami-Dade County, Florida: Controversial, troubling trend – Death by ‘excited delirium’ (2013-09-28)

Posted on September 28 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A relatively “balanced” overview of the controversial diagnosis of “excited delirium”, too often – but by no means always – associated with taser-related deaths. 29 cases in Miami-Dade County since 2002. A genetic abnormality, hyperthermia, designer drugs, the existence, nature and cause of this condition remain highly disputed.]] Miami-Herald, by DAVID OVALLE […]

USA – Meriden, Connecticut Medical Examiner: Taser ‘Not the Cause’ of Mendoza’s Death (2013-06-14)

Posted on June 14 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The initial autopsy has determined the Taser was not responsible for the death of in Noel Mendoza Sunday night following the use of a Taser following a violent episode outside the police station. According to the police, he died following a series of combative incidents with police and medical personnel. The […]

USA – Connecticut: Meriden Man Who Died After Being Shocked With Taser Had Extensive Criminal Record (2013-06-13)

Posted on June 13 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Noel Mendoza, 43, is the fourth person to die following the use of a taser in Meriden, Connecticut . Since 2005, more than a dozen men in Connecticut have died after being shocked by Tasers, but in most cases, the medical examiner said he could not attribute the death to the […]

BRAZIL – Inquérito sobre morte de homem por disparo de taser não aponta culpados [Inquiry into death of tasered man finds police not guilty (2013-05-02)

Posted on May 2 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : (Edited google-translation from Portuguese; the original text appears below the translation, in italics) In January 2013, Mark Florinda, 48, died after he was tasered by police in Florianópolis, in the southern region of Brazil. He broke through a police barricade and was chased. The autopsy said his death was “the result […]

USA – Orlando, Florida: Other incidents of Taser deaths in Central Florida (2012-06-02)

Posted on June 2 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT: Twelve men have died in Central Florida after being shocked by law enforcement. A close look at the causes suggests the taser was instrumental in the death of all of them, although medical examiners consistently sought another cause. For instance, in 2002 Gordon Randall, 37, after acting strangely at a hotel after […]

USA – Louisiana: Ascension Parish coroner: February death of Donaldsonville man cocaine related [“excited delirium” following two taser discharges] (2012-04-26)

Posted on April 26 2012 by admin

 [[SUMMARY / COMMENT. The cause of death for 30-year-old Charmin Bennett of Donaldsonville was listed as “excited delirium due to acute cocaine toxicity,” on his death certificate. The coroner said the pathologist said he did not think being shot twice with a stun gun caused Mr Bennett to die. After the incident, Mr Bennett was […]

USA – Louisiana: Ascension coroner rules out stun gun in suspect’s death: [Excited delirium and cocaine blamed] (2012-04-26)

Posted on April 26 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT: Cocaine kills, not the taser. The February death of a Donaldsonville man, Charmin Bennett, 30, whom Ascension Parish sheriff’s deputies shot twice with stun guns was cocaine related, the parish coroner said Wednesday: “excited delirium due to acute cocaine toxicity,” was on his death certificate. The coroner said the pathologist said he […]

USA – North Chicago: Man dies after being assaulted by cops [including mutliple tasering]; officers placed on paid leave (2012-04-25)

Posted on April 25 2012 by admin

[[Summary / Comments: On November 13 2011, unarmed 45-year-old Darrin Hanna died a week after he was tasered multiple times as the Chicago police responded to domestic violence call. The police claim that their stun guns were only used two or three times, an autopsy identified 11 Taser scars on Hanna’s back. The seven police […]

USA – Mayor: North Chicago cops in Hanna case to be questioned again (2012-04-10)

Posted on April 10 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT : New audio recordings are casting a different light on the role of police officers in the case of 45-yr-old Darrin “Dagwood” Hanna who was tasered-then-died on Nov. 6 2011. Autopsies revealed Hanna died as a result of multi-system organ failure and a sickle cell crisis brought on by a combination of […]

USA – Fayetteville, North Carolina: State Bureau of Investigation: Police Cleared In Taser-Related Death Of Local Activist (2012-03-22)

Posted on March 22 2012 by admin

 [[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The 2011 death of 56-year-old Michael Evans is blamed on a cocaine overdose even though the medical examiner designated that “a shock from an X26 Taser while he struggled with officers was one of the contributing factors”. In other words, an intereaction-effect:  if he had not been tasered he would likely have […]

USA – York, Pennsylvania: District Attorney: Man’s death after police used Taser on him was accidental (2012-02-29)

Posted on February 29 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A case of reifying “excited delirium” following taser discharge. Howard Thomas Cook Jr. died in police custudy on 28 Sept 2011 after being “drive-stunned” with a taser. Mr Cook was in psychiatric crisis. The pathologist blamed the death on “excited delirium”. The district attorney did not know about this disease, but […]

USA – Pennsylvania: ‘Excited delirium’ caused death of man in York City Police custody (2012-02-07)

Posted on February 12 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Howard Thomas Cook Jr. fled from police after a car he was riding in was stopped by police. He was tasered twice and died in police custody. Of  “excited delirium” said the coroner “He had cocaine and heroin in his system, according to the York County Coroner’s Office.” When somebody is in […]

USA – Alexandria, Louisiana: Father sues over death of son shot with stun gun (2011-02-07)

Posted on February 7 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: In an all-too-familiar scenario, the death of 22-year-old Robert Ricks is blamed on his high level of cocaine – 1,090 ng/ml was above the 1,000 ng/ml generally recognized to be toxic – rather than the taser which brought him down. Understandably, the family is lodging a lawsuit contesting the official explanation of […]

CANADA – Editorial: Delirious over delirium [Alberta judge blames taser-related death on ‘excited delirium’] (2012-01-04)

Posted on February 4 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The prestigious Globe and Mail strongly criticizes the Alberta judge who has just declared that Gordon Bowe died in 1907 from ‘excited delirium syndrome’ after he was tasered. This takes us back down a blind alley that Thomas Braidwood tried to seal off. – This supposed cause of many deaths in police […]

CANADA – One Question Will Go Unanswered In Clay Alvin Willey In-Custody Death [following the use of the taser] (2012-02-02)

Posted on February 2 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A Coroner’s inquest ruled Clay Alvin Willey’s death, following the use of the taser, was accidental by cocaine overdose. Eight-and-a-half years after Willey’s death, Terry Teegee, Vice-Chief of the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council , “We’re still questioning how much the tasering and the actual process of his arrest contributed to his […]

USA – Colorado: Eight cops cleared in death of man at Denver Zoo, coroner issues amended report [adding cocaine but not taser to potentially contributing factors] (2012-01-28)

Posted on January 27 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT: The police tasered a highly-disturbed Alonzo Ashley at the Denver Zoo in July 2012. Alonzo died sortly afterwards. What is intriguing is the coroner originally called his death a homicide, but found marijuana in his system. Now the coroner finds traces benzoylecgonine, which CAN be formed by the metabolism of cocaine, which […]

CANADA – Calgary Herald Editorial: Delirious Fatality report (2012-01-06)

Posted on January 6 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The Calgary Herald editorial argued that Provincial Court Judge Heather Lamoureux’s recommendations about the police receiving more training in detecting “excited delirium” are curious, in that they are almost entirely built around the theory that excited delirium is a legitimate medical condition, an assertion that’s controversial and widely disputed. The death, the […]