Brett Elder’s Death Ruled Accidental
Posted by shadmia on May 12, 2009
Brett Elder was a 15-year-old boy who was tasered by the Bay City police and died. The unarmed 5’6″, 140 lb teen died 3/22/09 – two days before his 16th birthday. His “death by taser” was widely criticized as unnecessary police action. His family has hired an attorney and plan to sue the police department. See more details here and here.
The autopsy was performed by the Oakland County Assistant Medical Examiner Dr. Kanu Virani. The results of the autopsy have finally been released. The report indicated that the cause of Brett Elder’s death was two-fold:
- The first part is identified as Alcohol-induced Excited Delirium Syndrome
- The second part states The application of an electromuscular disruptive device was a contributory factor.
Alcohol-induced Excited Delirium Syndrome has been ruled the cause of death in other cases involving a Taser. The “electromuscular disruptive device” is of course the Taser. Dr. Kanu Virani’s report concludes that the death of Brett Elder was accidental.
The Bay County Prosecutor’s office has not yet decided if criminal charges will be brought against any of the three police officers involved in the incident.