p2pnet news view | Crime:- Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski, who didn’t speak English, was tasered at least twice by the RCMP after waiting 10 hours at the Vancouver International Airport, says the Vancouver Sun.
The gun, euphemistically described by the Mounties as an “energy weapon,” was used to subdue him so four officers could get him into handcuffs, kneeling on him to do so.
But Dziekanski died and now it’s been revealed his wasn’t hit twice by the taser’s electically-charged bullets.
He was hit five times, and all within the space of 31 seconds, says a second Vancouver Sun story.
RCMP superintendent Wayne Rideout, leader of an investigation by the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team, said an RCMP spokesman had initially issued incorrect information, it states.
“The mistake was made in the rush to provide the media information immediately after the incident,” he said, according to the post.
The four Mounties who took Dziekanski down were acting within accepted police procedures, said the enquiry. They’ve been exonerated of any criminal wrongdoing and will testify at a public hearing in January.
While police thought Dziekanski was intoxicated, “the Crown revealed Friday that no drugs or alcohol were found in his system, and that he had an unopened bottle of Polish vodka with him,” says the Vancouver Sun, adding »»»
Dziekanski’s mother, Zofia Cisowski, was upset when told by officials on Thursday that no charges would be laid against the four officers, her lawyer, Walter Kosteckyj, said Friday.
“Her initial reaction was, ‘How can you tell me a Taser was deployed five times on my son and it isn’t excessive?’” the lawyer recalled.
She also questioned why officers “jumping” on her son to restrain and handcuff him wasn’t considered excessive force, he said.
“They [the RCMP] said they don’t have any legal responsibility,” Kosteckyj said, but added that his client plans to file a civil lawsuit against police.
“They just mishandled the entire situation,” said the lawyer and former Mountie.
He pointed out that Dziekanski, seconds before he was first jolted with the Taser, told police in Polish: “Have you lost your mind? What are you doing?”
Vancouver Sun – Better training needed for police using Tasers, December 12, 2008
Dziekanski died – No charges in airport taser death, December 12, 2008
Vancouver Sun – Dziekanski Tasered five times, December 13, 2008
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