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RCMP Officers Who Tazed Dziekanski to Be Charged with Perjury

RCMP Officers Who Tazed Dziekanski to Be Charged with Perjury

The RCMP officers who tazed a new immigrant to death because they thought he was threatening them with a stapler should face perjury charges, British Columbia’s Criminal Justice Branch said Friday.

Robert Dziekański was a newly landed Polish immigrant on October 13th, 2007 when he became lost and disoriented in the Vancouver airport. Unable to communicate with anyone in his native Polish and unable to find his mother, Dziekański wandered the arrivals hall becoming increasingly frustrated for nearly ten hours. RCMP officers were called after Dziekański became agitated. They encountered Dziekański and instructed him to place his hands on a counter, at which point Dziekański picked up a stapler. The RCMP supervisor ordered the Taser used within 25 seconds of their arrival, even though none of them were under any threat of physical danger. Dziekański was tazed multiple times, writhing in pain before losing consciousness. The RCMP officers provided no assistance. Paramedics arrived some 15 minutes later and attempted to revive Dziekański, but he was pronounced dead on the scene.

The only reason the public is aware of any of these details is because a bystander captured a video of the events as they transpired. The RCMP initially seized the video, and the owner had to take the RCMP to court to retrieve it. Once it was released to several media outlets, it became clear that the RCMP’s version of events was entirely untrue.

The RCMP was incorrect on the number of officers present (RCMP stated 3, video proved 4); the “threatening” stature and behavior of Dziekański (RCMP stated he was “yelling and throwing things”; the video revealed that Dziekański was calm and seemed relieved to see the officers); the measures taken prior to the deployment of the Taser (RCMP claimed they thought of using pepper spray, but decided against it because there were bystanders; the video proved this untrue); the amount of assistance given to Dziekański once he was unconscious (the RCMP claimed his pulse was taken and he was checked; he was not touched until the paramedics arrived).

The death of Dziekański set off an avalanche of public outrage, lines of inquiry, investigation into the safety of Tasers, the conduct of the RCMP and the conduct of airport staff — security, immigration and others. 
In 2008, a public inquiry opened into the death of Robert Dziekański, as well as into the safety of Tasers by law enforcement.  The inquiry came up with an exhaustive list of conclusions and recommendations to be implemented by nearly everyone who encountered Dziekański that day — and stated squarely that the RCMP officers were not justified in the use of Tasers on Dziekanski. The inquiry also found that the RCMP officers’ testimony about their actions on the day Dziekanski died was deliberately false.

After the Inquiry’s findings were made public, the Province appointed a Special Prosecutor to investigate the possibility of laying charges against the RCMP officers involved in the case. On Friday, the prosecutor recommended that perjury charges be laid against the four RCMP officers involved in the death of Dziekański. They did not, however, recommend any further legal action against the officers, stating that there was no reasonable prospect of conviction.

The public — and the Polish embassy — is by no means satisfied. The galling abuse by the RCMP, their complete and utter misreading of the situation and their deathly overreaction, their unjustified use of force, their attempt to cover it up  — all of these make their decisions to lie on the stand minor in comparison.

This is not justice for Robert Dziekański.

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11:35AM PDT on Sep 10, 2012

Mindless attitude of the cops go unchallenged. These hogs should know that they have to serve before destroying a lonely man. Just senseless..

2:18PM PDT on Aug 17, 2012

I hate our police with a passion. I knew of this case and was already disgusted. After reading this - details which weren't given by Canadian journalists - I'm even more disgusted. My husband came to Canada in 2010. I was extremely fearful that these bastards would hurt or even kill him, which is why I warned him to be extremely careful at the airport when he landed.

Every single one of these PIGS should be in prison. They murdered a human being. They lied as to why they tased this man. It makes me sick to see these bastards driving around in their cars. And after experiencing the attitude of RCMP pigs in my every day life - a relative had been living with one of these pigs for over 5 years - I got to see their arrogance & impudence face to face. All RCMP should be ashamed of themselves. Those who commit these crimes & use their positions to get away with them, and those who remain silent. Both sides are just as guilty as the others.

2:15PM PDT on Aug 17, 2012

I hate our police with a passion. I knew of this case and was already disgusted. After reading this - details which weren't given by Canadian journalists - I'm even more disgusted. My husband came to Canada in 2010. I was extremely fearful that these bastards would hurt or even kill him, which is why I warned him to be extremely careful at the airport when he landed.

Every single one of these PIGS should be in prison. They murdered a human being. They lied as to why they tased this man. It makes me sick to see these bastards driving around in their cars. And after experiencing the attitude of RCMP pigs in my every day life - a relative had been living with one of these pigs for over 5 years - I got to see their arrogance & impudence face to face. All RCMP should be ashamed of themselves. Those who commit these crimes & use their positions to get away with them, and those who remain silent. Both sides are just as guilty as the others.

2:15PM PDT on Aug 17, 2012

I hate our police with a passion. I knew of this case and was already disgusted. After reading this - details which weren't given by Canadian journalists - I'm even more disgusted. My husband came to Canada in 2010. I was extremely fearful that these bastards would hurt or even kill him, which is why I warned him to be extremely careful at the airport when he landed.

Every single one of these PIGS should be in prison. They murdered a human being. They lied as to why they tased this man. It makes me sick to see these bastards driving around in their cars. And after experiencing the attitude of RCMP pigs in my every day life - a relative had been living with one of these pigs for over 5 years - I got to see their arrogance & impudence face to face. All RCMP should be ashamed of themselves. Those who commit these crimes & use their positions to get away with them, and those who remain silent. Both sides are just as guilty as the others.

5:29AM PST on Nov 26, 2011

I thought this was bad enough already, I didn't know some of those terrible details. Something must be done to police the police.

12:51AM PDT on May 18, 2011

Stupid illtrained cops that rule by the power of the gun. More training, especially in negotiating skills is the only answer to deal with this type of problem. I feel sorry for the victim and his family, this incident should never have happened.

6:42AM PDT on May 13, 2011

I can't believe this. Poor man. I hope his family is ok. Cops need to learn how to ask questions and get the whole story before pulling out their guns or tazers and shooting people. They should definitely face charges and get maximum penalty.

10:11PM PDT on May 12, 2011

At the minimum Unprofessional behavior , next even involuntary manslaughter , or assault and battery with a lethal weapon resulting in the death of a co-operative suspect. Give me a break bad cops are bad Cops . period paragraph ebding . Since law enforcement has been using tazers with up to 200,000 volts discharge they have no concept of the safety involved . People with pacemakers or a condition which is far more prevalent than known called "Aterial Fibulation" a tazer hit is a death sentence . these cops should prosecuted and tried for second degree murder or at least manslaughter they felt the need to Perget themselves that means they were hiding facts of abuse . hang the sons of bitches from a tree.
As far as communication?? I have an elderly Russian neighbor . He was in the lobby trying to ask every person comming in a question Most just edged by and walked away. I saw it as an opportunity. After a few seconds of hand gestures he was simply asking if I had a corkscrew to opn a bottle of wine he and his wife wished to have during supper .. Didnt need a translator for that and I bet the farm if the 4 cops had taken the time , they coukld have figgured it out to , and simply handed the man a paging Microphone he could have paged his party to the desk he was at
Think before you put your stupidity , ignorance , or intolerance on Display everyone has a camera , be an idiot or be a heri Your choice

11:40PM PDT on May 11, 2011

And if they don't we should all be afraid.

10:12PM PDT on May 11, 2011

Somehow the link to the petition site is not working. Please check.

Shocking revelations about the RCMP! Firstly there is the perjury charges and secondly there is also at least a 2nd degree manslaughter charges.

Well, if the prosecutor does not seem interested, the Polish embassy can always initiate tort actions on behalf for the family.

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