Only in the dirty dirty would a medical examiner rule a death by a TASER as a drug overdose. When the good ole boys start zapping everybody….we all get stung.
STUART — The first death in Martin County involving a Taser stun gun was caused by cocaine poisoning, according to a preliminary ruling issued Monday by the Treasure Coast Medical Examiner’s Office.
“The Taser had nothing at all to do with his death,” Medical Examiner Roger Mittleman said.
A Palm Beach Post analysis this year showed that, since 2000, more people have died in Florida after being shot by Tasers — 27 — than in any other state.
Of those 27 deaths, 17 people had traces of cocaine in their body.
“People have been dying from (cocaine) long before Tasers were invented,” Martin County Sheriff Bob Crowder said. “I know there are folks out there who would love to implicate the Taser as the cause, but the evidence is just not there. If the Taser was not used, the death would have occurred anyway.”
Although sheriff’s office rules do not limit the number of times someone can be shocked with a Taser, a person must be showing some type of resistance to warrant a shot.
“This is the type of behavior Tasers were intended for,” Crowder said.