Don’t tase my lobe

A case report in Forensic Science International describes a man who had a taser dart penetate his skull and damage his frontal lobes after getting in a drunken confrontation with police.

Curiously, the man was unaware he had a taser dart in his brain and only went to hospital after he got home and noticed the dart sticking out of his head.

A 27 old man was immobilized by the police while he struggled with a police officer during an identification check and attempted an escape. He had a high level of alcohol at the time of the arrest. A X26 Taser was used to incapacitate and subdue the victim.

No immediate medical examination was subsequently performed in the patient after the wires were propelled and he was allowed to return home. However, because he complained of a headache, he decided to go to the nearest hospital a few hours later.

Upon presentation at the Emergency Department the patient was conscious. The examination revealed a harpoon-like barbed electrode dart implanted in the right frontal part of the skull and a right peri-orbital bruise…

The brain CT scan revealed an encephalic injury in the right area of the frontal lobe. In fact, the probe was implanted in the frontal area of the skull and then in the right frontal cortex with a penetration depth of a few millimeters.

There’s a moral in this story somewhere but damned if I can find it.

Link to Forensic Science International case report.

5 thoughts on “Don’t tase my lobe”

  1. The only moral to the story is that you do not put yourself in a compromising situation that could invite police intervention.

  2. Once again, some American commenters get nothing out of this but an urge to defend police brutality. Police ought not to carry tasers, ever. They have killed and permanently injured countless people, and police often use them simply for sadistic torture. And in every case, it is the police who are responsible, not their targets.

  3. Permanently injured “countless” people? Oh, seriously. I’m sure the number can be counted.

    “Often” use them for sadistic torture? There are documented cases of this, but that does not make it “often”.

    I’m not trying to defend police brutality, but hyperbole might not be the best way of making your point. If you want to use hyperbole, then you would have to agree that police ought not carry guns or nightsticks, ever.

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