Recently, CRT teamed up with NAC Image Technologies to perform some experiments with a less lethal device. The results to be the subject of a future publication. Thanks Jim Zimbardo for all of your help.
After years of holding out, it was time. Follow us on our Facebook page to see what CRT is up to next.
In February 2011, Rick traveled to Queensland, Australia to assist with the forensic investigation of an arrest related death in 2009. He worked with other scientists and engineers to comb through the TASER evidence to determine the duration of electrical energy through the decedent using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). In March 2011, Rick testified for the inquest proceedings via video. In November 2012, the Coroner’s Inquest finally concluded with a 106 page report.
The coroner commented on Rick’s testimony stating:
“It was submitted Mr Wyant had greatest experience examining taser probes and wires, and his evidence should be preferred. I accept this.”
Based on the totality of the submitted evidence and witness testimony, the Coroner’s Inquest concluded that no disciplinary action be taken on the officers involved in the incident. News Article
The recently released Atlas of Conducted Electrical Weapon Wounds and Forensic Analysis is a comprehensive publication on the subject of Conducted Electrical (CEW)/TASER wounds and signature markings from these devices. This book is an extremely valuable resource for professions tasked with investigating CEW incidents. Chapter 10, written by CRT LL members, provides a detailed overview of CEW/TASER forensic analysis beginning in 2001. Other chapters provide an introduction to basic CEW technology, legal and medical considerations, and provides many photos of wound profiles (signature marks) that CEW exposures produce.