"He didn't say 'uncle'. Shoot him again! If he wants to play, he's gotta say 'uncle'."
Between June 2001 and June 2007, there were at least 245 cases of deaths of subjects soon after having been shocked using Tasers.
Of these cases:
In 7 cases, medical examiners said Tasers were a cause or a contributing factor or could not be ruled out as a cause of death.
In 16 cases coroners and other officials stated that a Taser was a secondary or contributory factor of death.
In dozens of cases, coroners cited excited delirium as cause of death. Excited delirium has been questioned as a medical diagnosis. (Taser manufacturers have created their own illness to cover their butts)
Several deaths occurred as a result of injuries sustained in struggles.
In a few of these cases head injury due to falling after being shocked contributed to later death.
Some police departments, like that of Clearwater, Florida, have tried to eradicate such incidents by prohibiting taser use when the suspect is in danger of falling.
A study published by the American Journal of Cardiology found that California police departments that introduced Tasers experienced significant increases in the numbers of in-custody sudden deaths and firearm deaths in the first full year following deployment.
The rates declined to predeployment levels in subsequent years. No significant change in the number of officer injuries was found. (Means the department learned to fudge the numbers.)