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Taser International's Response

Taser International's Response

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Published by Tom Brown
Response by Taser International to Vermont State Police and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of New Hampshire
Response by Taser International to Vermont State Police and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of New Hampshire

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ECD Event Analysis and Evidence Collection
Subject Info
Event Date and TimeSubject SexSubject AgeSubject HeightSubject Weight (
including the subject’s b
uild): e.g., Skinny, Medium Build or Fairly LargePre-Event Behavior Physical exertion type (running, fighting, etc.)Physical exertion / duration of struggle (Y/N)
Subject’s influence (drugs, alcohol, EDP)
  Any other use of force employed and what type?
Evidence Collection
Photos of wounds and probe impacts with scale or drive stun marksPhotos showing distance of spread (scale)Keep the original battery in the device (
DO NOT REMOVE
). This will keep the integrity of theinternal clock.Do not discard probes and/or wire; do not let EMS place probes in sharps as information can begathered from the probes/wires concerning the deploymentDownload device dataport and/or TASER CAM
recording info within 48 hours of the event.Contact TASER if there are any technical issues at Jami@TASER.com or 480-905-2036. Collect 2-3 AFID tags and note their location; this is helpful if multiple devices/cartridges weredeployed.
TASER Deployment Circumstances
What type of TASER deployment (probe or drive stun)?Deployment duration and how many cycles occurred?What was the distance the ECD was deployed from the subject?What was the probe spread between the two probes?If this was a drive stun(s) only, a drive stun follow-up, or a combination of the probes and drivestun please note the location and duration of each application when applied to the subjectWhere were the probes located specifically? Include top location(s) and the bottom location(s)Was the TASER device effective?TASER device effects (was there a change in behavior?)
 
IF DEATH OCCURRED OR AN AED or DEFIBRILLATOR WAS USED
Obtaining hair and toenail samples can be crucial for forensic and medical testing.Body Core Temperature at time of death.If death occurred, within 24 hours, brain samples must be collected for the University of Miami(UM) Brain Endowment Bank to conduct critical brain chemistry changes and dopamine reviews.Contact this organization
IMMEDIATELY
for further details. Provide this timely info to the MedicalExaminer/Coroner at: 1-800-UM-BRAIN (
1-800-862-7246
) is the telephone number. Dr. DeborahMash is the lead researcher on this matter. This is one critical act that many MEs miss out on
because of delays. It’s impera
tive to get this info to the ME as soon as possible.The time between TASER device application and pronouncement of death is crucial to document:
o
Was subject initially responsive (walking / talking) after exposure(s) and if so, for how long?
o
Approximate time that subject went into distress (or died) after TASER deployment.
000001
 
Was an AED or defibrillator used?
o
If so, did it shock and what was the rhythm?
o
 
Did the AED report “No shock?”
 
o
Is there a printout/download strips from the AED? (This will be needed for evidence)If collapse occurred, how long between the ECD exposure and time to collapse?Hospital exam information (if conducted).M
edical examiner’s contact info or supporting info from medical attendants/ER.
 
If the Device Did Not Perform as Expected
What was the failure/challenge?Was the deployment an issue of an ineffective deployment such as a single probe hit, clothingdisconnect, wire breakage, low muscle mass deployment, or short spread between the probes?Was the unit dropped/subject to a high-moisture environment?Did the unit deploy the probes?When was a successful download/spark test done?Was the dataport download saved and was the clock accurate in time or was there a slight clockdrift issue (A Clock Drift Issue PDF is available on this issue)
Media Info
Provide the media with the following contact info: www.TASER.com 
o
The primary
MEDIA Contact is: Steve Tuttle, TASER International’s VP of Communications
 
o
Provide the
“MEDIA HOTLINE” for media calls: 480
-444-4000 and Press@TASER.com to answer any TASER issues not related to the on-going investigation or to general safety or technical TASER related questions.
Safety Info:
Additional
Best contact information of the investigator to:Name AgencyPhone number EmailRelation to investigation
ME’s
contact info or supporting info from attendants / ER Additional notes / info:
000002
 
Below
 
is
 
email
 
with
 
attachments
 
from
 
Taser
 
to
 
VSP
 
and
 
forwarded
 
to
 
me.
 
Jennie
 
V.
 
Duval,
 
M.D.
 
Deputy
 
Chief
 
Medical
 
Examiner
 
Office
 
of
 
the
 
Chief
 
Medical
 
Examiner
 
246
 
Pleasant
 
Street
 
Suite
 
218
 
Concord,
 
New
 
Hampshire
 
03301
 
(603)
 
271
1235
 
(Tel)
 
(603)
 
271
6308
 
(Fax)
 
jennie.duval@doj.nh.gov
 
>
 
STATEMENT
 
OF
 
CONFIDENTIALITY
 
>
 
The
 
information
 
contained
 
in
 
this
 
electronic
 
message
 
and
 
any
 
attachment
 
to
 
this
 
message
 
may
 
contain
 
confidential
 
or
 
privileged
 
information
 
and
 
are
 
intended
 
for
 
the
 
exclusive
 
use
 
of
 
the
 
addressee(s).
 
Please
 
notify
 
the
 
Attorney
 
General's
 
Office
 
immediately
 
at
 
(603)
 
271
3658
 
or
 
reply
 
to
 
justice@doj.nh.gov
 
if
 
you
 
are
 
not
 
the
 
intended
 
recipient
 
and
 
destroy
 
all
 
copies
 
of
 
this
 
electronic
 
message
 
and
 
any
 
attachments.
 
>
 ‐‐‐‐‐
Original
 
Message
‐‐‐‐‐
From:
 
Burnham,
 
Lance
 
[mailto:Lance.Burnham@state.vt.us]
 
Sent:
 
Thursday,
 
June
 
21,
 
2012
 
2:34
 
PM
 
To:
 
Duval,
 
Jennie
 
Cc:
 
Nolan,
 
Aimee
 
Subject:
 
FW:
 
URGENT:
 
VT
 
State
 
Police
 
Arrest
 
Related
 
Death?
 
Importance:
 
High
 
Detective
 
Sergeant
 
Lance
 
Burnham
 
Vermont
 
State
 
Police
 
2777
 
St.
 
George
 
Road
 
Williston,
 
VT
 
Ph:
 
802
878
7111
 
Ext.
 
2020
 
Fax:
 
802
878
2742
 
EMAIL
 
HAS
 
CHANGED:
 
NEW
 
EMAIL
 
IS
 
lance.burnham@state.vt.us
 ‐‐‐‐‐
Original
 
Message
‐‐‐‐‐
From:
 
O'Donnell,
 
Hugh
 
Sent:
 
Thursday,
 
June
 
21,
 
2012
 
1:59
 
PM
 
To:
 
Robinson,
 
Russ;
 
Burnham,
 
Lance
 
Subject:
 
Fw:
 
URGENT:
 
VT
 
State
 
Police
 
Arrest
 
Related
 
Death?
 
Importance:
 
High
 
Sgt
 
Hugh
 
O'Donnell
 
VSP
Bradford
 
1594
 
Waits
 
River
 
Road
 
Bradford,
 
VT
 
05033
 
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