A coroner’s guide to “excited delirium”

The malady is not recognized by the organized medical profession; its key symptoms appear to be the presence of cops, often wielding tasers, and the absence of any other clear cause of death [Dahlia Lithwick via Radley Balko]

3 Comments

  • “Excited Delirium.” Reminds me of “Female Hysteria” as a cause for fainting.

  • So the cops are in a state of excited delirium when they shoot people?

    Bob

  • When an arrestee decides to fight against the police, he introduces violence into the mix. The police have no alternative to using force to subdue the person. Sometimes that violence leads to bad results for the arrestee. Don’t blame the police for that or society in general. This is the grocery boy error. The grocer’s son celebrated his high school graduation by driving his car at a high rate of speed on RT 97, a very serpentine road. He crashed his car into a rock and died instantly. There were no police involved at all. The point is that danger is thrilling, but may have disastrous results.

    Bob’ commentt is snide but irrelevant.