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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.
In June, CRT LL introduced a new less-lethal round to our proven testing protocol. The BIP (Blunt Impact Projectile), created and marketed by SDI (Security Devices International), was fired into 10% ballistic gelatin (both bare and covered in neoprene) to evaluate injury and wound potential. Once the round passed the evaluation, the round was fired into the thighs of 6 volunteers.
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After the wounds were documented and photographed, ultrasound scans were captured of the affected area. The scans were compared to damage captured in our testing media. The data collected will be the subject of a future publication.