Talking back to Post editorials:
There may never be final answers to why a Polish citizen, Robert Dziekanski, died while being arrested at the Vancouver International Airport on the morning of Oct. 14. A preliminary autopsy report offered no clues as to the reason his heart stopped when he was tasered by RCMP officers in a secure room at the airport.
— “Why was he zapped“, National Post, November 16th, 2007.
No clues at all? I have one for you. Your own reporter, Doug Ward, hinted at it in an earlier story, printed Wednesday.
Mr. Van Blaricom said that Taser-related deaths don’t stem from the electrical voltage carried by the electric-control weapon but from the exhausting physical struggle that follows.
Often the cause of death is cardiac arrest, or asphyxia, in which the person being arrested builds up so much lactic acid that they can’t breathe any longer, said Mr. Van Blaricom.
“They develop an oxygen deficit that they just can’t overcome.”
— Doug Ward, “U.S. experts question RCMP Taser tactics“. National Post, November 14th, 2007.
Maybe you can ask the coroner about that. Or positional asphyxia. Just sayin’.