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A New Diagnosis to Justify Murder

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Before you ask, no, Dick Van Dyke isn't involved.

In all seriousness I just became aware of a new diagnosis used by police departments and medical examiners to justify why some people suddenly die in police custody. It is typically called "Excited Delirium", "Agitated Delirium", "Excited Agitated Delirium", "Bell's Mania", or "Acute Exhaustive Mania".

The wikipedia page on excited delirium lays out the basics. The following two NPR stories are also worthwhile [1] [2].

What seems clear is that Taser Inc. is pushing this bogus diagnosis to help cover up the fact that taser type weapons are potentially lethal.

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