Out of control Headline Failures – “Student Roberto Curti named as South American TASERed to death. “ An incident involving law enforcment, a TASER electronic control device (ECD) deployment, & the death of a Brazilian student in Australia occurred. While no one will argue the outcome of this event was tragic, we take issue with the media’s almost immediate conclusion that the TASER ECD deployment killed this young man. If you search for TASER death + Curti Google provides more than 30,000 results. The headlines run the gamut from “TASER Death, Killed by TASER, TASERed to death, & Fatal TASER Attack.” At this point, the investigation is in it’s infancy – autopsy results have not been released & toxicology tests are pending. It’s premature & only speculation as to what caused this man’s death yet the media’s headlines imply or even outright say that the TASER ECD caused the fatal result. It should be noted that capsicum spray was also used yet we’ve haven’t seen a “Capsicum Spray Death” headline.
We can only hope that people read beyond the headline & realize the media is merely speculating the causal relationship & that the cause of death has not been determined.
UPDATE: Check Google with the following search: TASER Killed Curti and as of March 23, there are 5,980,000 results. It will be six million despite this statement: