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September 22, 2009

Unacceptable RCMP coverup of the killing of Robert Dziekanski




CP VANCOUVER – A woman concerned about Robert Dziekanski a few hours before he was shocked by an RCMP Taser and died says an immigration officer at Vancouver’s airport deflected her concerns about the man. Gracie Churchill-Browne, a Spanish interpreter, told a public inquiry into his death that Dziekanski looked “tired and frustrated” and clearly couldn’t speak English, but the officer she spoke to told her “he’s a big boy.” So much for the competent, professional  RCMP!


Dziekanski inquiry resumes after three-month break to focus on RCMP email VANCOUVER, B.C. – The public inquiry into Robert Dziekanski’s death resumes Tuesday to examine an internal RCMP email that put the hearings on hold three months ago.  

 VANCOUVER, B.C. – The lawyer for Robert Dziekanski’s mother says the B.C. government should replace the RCMP with a provincial police force.  Dziekanski died nearly two years ago at Vancouver’s airport after he was shocked with a Taser by four Mounties.  In his final submission at a public inquiry into the death, lawyer Walter Kosteckyj says the RCMP acts as the provincial police force in British Columbia, but doesn’t want to be held accountable to the provincial legislature.  The RCMP officers themselves have claimed the provincial inquiry has no jurisdiction over them.  And Kosteckyj says the government of Canada will make the same argument in its final submissions this week.  He says that’s undemocratic, and the only solution is to stop using the Mounties in B.C. and instead create a province-wide force.

VANCOUVER, B.C. – At best, the four RCMP officers who confronted Robert Dziekanski at Vancouver’s airport and stunned him several times with a Taser panicked, the lawyer for Robert Dziekanski’s mother told the public inquiry into his death Monday.  At worst, they arrived with a plan to use what amounted to excessive force, Walter Kosteckyj said in his final submission to the inquiry.  Either way, the Mounties failed to live up to their training and the law, he said.  “The Tasering of Mr. Dziekanski at its best would be characterized as a premature, hurried and panicked response, and at the worst was a premeditated and planned attack,” Kosteckyj said  Kosteckyj said the officers acted improperly from the moment they entered the airport, not taking time to assess the situation or communicate with Dziekanski, and resorting to the Taser within seconds of approaching the man.  Despite the officers’ claims to the contrary, Kosteckyj said the swiftness of their response suggests they approached Dziekanski already planning to use the stun gun. Kosteckyj spent more than 10 minutes listing discrepancies, including the Mounties’ repeated assertions that Dziekanski stood through the Taser jolts, had to be tackled to the ground, and was coming at the officers yelling with his hands above his head when the Taser was fired.  And he said airport officials made the “unconscionable” decisions not to call the facility’s own firefighters after Dziekanski was stunned and to not bring an automatic defibrillator to the scene despite a standing policy to do so.

Poland disappointed with lack of charges in taser case Globe and Mail   Poland remains disappointed that no criminal charges were laid against four Mounties who tasered Robert Dziekanski, suggesting video footage of the 2007 incident encourages an instinctive reaction that “wrong-doers be made accountable through criminal

Mr. Robert Dziekanski did not deserve to die but he died because incompetent, immoral RCMP police officers neglected  their training and obligation to the public, clearly acted excessively and in haste,  and wrongfully escalated  almost instantly to the conducted energy Taser weapon, had killed an innocent  man in the process.  The four RCMP officers on the scene had wrongfully overreacted to the situation before them. An innocent man died as a result of their misjudgment and excessive use of force. “

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Their after-incident reports at the time disagree with the video evidence and, more damagingly, with their sworn statements to the Braidwood commission. They each claimed Mr. Dziekanski refused to co-operate with them, although the video evidence seems to indicate he, being a non-speaker of English, was complying the best he could with commands they gave by gesture. And while they insisted he became “combative,” picked up a stapler to use as a weapon and lunged at them, none of that is supported in the video recordings. More damning for me was what the officers told paramedics on the scene. While the officers had jolted Mr. Dziekanski five times with their Taser, they informed paramedics they had stunned the blue-faced, convulsive, breathless victim only once, a possible sign that even then they knew they had done something wrong and were preparing a common cover story.”

  And ever since, their RCMP superiors also falsely have been attempting to cover up their blameworthiness.  They tried to block a comprehensive video taken at the scene from being made public. They resisted an inquiry, whitewashed their own findings and, as we learned this week, kept 18,000 documents — some highly damaging — from being seen by the formal inquiry and from the public. These great  unacceptable transgressions — the attempts also  by the brass to keep the truth from coming out — is the basic managerial  problem now plaguing the  once-proud national police force. It confirms the massive institutional rot and corrosive culture at all of the  echelons of the RCMP.  An RCMP formal  apologize for its role in all this is not enough. All  Mounties who helped perpetrate a cover-up should be sacked.

Retired judge Thomas Braidwood in the first half of his findings following the inquiry into the taser death of Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski in Vancouver, British Columbia July 23, 2009. Braidwood said the police should restrict the use of taser stun guns. The inquiry was called after Dziekanski died from use of a taser used by Royal Canadian Mounted Police at Vancouver Airport in 2007.

This hearing also has been a good undeniable example of the unacceptable RCMP false denials, lies, slander, distortions, RCMP managerial incompetence now as well..

It TRULY has even a sad, debauching  spectacle in our Canadian public life watching the RCMP continually gouge themselves at the Braidwood inquiry into the Tasering death of Robert Dziekanski two years ago at Vancouver International airport? The RCMP a once, now past  proud institution, in the past one of the best known icons of Canada, Canada wide and  in the rest of the world now rightfully has taken it’s place in the waste, trash bins. The RCMP though  it still seems hell-bent on destroying its last shreds of any competence, truthfulness, integrity, professionalism and credibility. Why? The clear evidence already has shown us all, shows   that the RCMP knew days before video of Mr. Dziekanski’s killing became public that it had a serious, time bomb ticking in its hands. Instead of  dealing  with it in a professional, competent manner,  by even still now rightfully suspending the officers involved, and themselves instead conducting a thorough internal investigation, the incompetent RCMP Managers top brass  had  instead devised a false cover-up to mute or at least minimize the negative consequences. But that is what they have been doing all the long anyway. This was, is unacceptable. THEY ALL STILL NOW SHOULD BE DISMISSED FROM THE FORCE TOO. Even just as shameful is the way the force has continued to justify its officers’ behaviour and its own actions in papering over their offences. Instead of sweeping clean, even the new Commissioner William Elliott has quickly become the false RCMP’s apologist-in-chief. The Mounties can begin to restore their reputation only if they punish all those involved here and make them take their rightful dues. May this Force not be with you any longer. Now why it took anyone such a long time to expose, deal with all this police corruption in the first place is still a good question too.

Poland’s top civil-rights watchdog says a crucial e-mail dissected at the Braidwood inquiry this week suggests the death of Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski was “deliberate, intentional and planned in advance.”  The comment by Janusz Kochanowski, Poland’s commissioner for civil-rights protection, is included in a letter to be sent next week to Canada’s director of public prosecutions. Mr. Kochanowski is an independent officer appointed by the Polish government to monitor and uphold the civil rights of Polish citizens at home and abroad.

Chief Supt. Dick Bent told Assistant Commissioner Al McIntyre that Supt. Wayne Rideout told him the officers who used a Taser on Dziekanski discussed using the weapon on their way to the scene. That contradicted testimony the Mounties themselves gave earlier in the Braidwood inquiry looking into Dziekanski’s death two years ago.   “The three RCMP officials cited in the email will be called during the three days of hearings and are expected to tell the inquiry that the email was the result of a misunderstanding.” This is such garbage. Those idiot cops have done more to hurt the image of the RCMP with this incident than any group of corrupt police has done in the last decade. Looking the public RIGHT IN THE EYE and bald-faced LYING! As if we’re supposed to forgive them for this or something. What a farce. The reputation of the RCMP is falling fast if they ‘stand up for their own’ on this one. And now they will try to make everyone believe that the email was a “misunderstanding” of some sort? They’re not fooling anyone and won’t be anytime soon.  The only reason they’re not in jail is because they have badge. It’s ridiculous.If these four men aren’t charged with contempt of court at the very least, I will withdraw all support and pride in the RCMP I ever had. At this point, it’s next to nothing anyway. This whole thing, start to finish is disgusting, and a disgrace to Canada.
RCMP tests Tasers that record video. I wonder how many chips containing video data will get lost, or mislaid after these things are used? Sorry, but I am no longer willing to trust the RCMP.

Taser testimony gaps ‘beyond belief’: B.C. inquiry lawyer Vancouver Province September 24,  VANCOUVER — The four RCMP officers who Tasered and restrained Robert Dziekanski kept working together for weeks after the Polish immigrant died in their custody at the Vancouver International Airport. Yet the four officers previously told the inquiry probing his October 2007 death that they never had the opportunity to discuss the case, either at work, at a debriefing session or in phone calls or e-mails. But on its 61st and final day of hearings, the Braidwood inquiry into Dziekanski’s death heard Wednesday from RCMP Sgt. Doug Wright — the immediate supervisor of the four Mounties involved in the Tasering — that the four kept working together “for two or three weeks.” Then, Wright admitted, three of the four were sent on a training course together in Chilliwack, B.C. Outside the courtroom, Polish government lawyer Don Rosenbloom called Wright’s evidence “just beyond belief.” Walter Kosteckyj, lawyer for Dziekanski’s mother, Zofia Cisowski, agreed. “You’ve got four people that work together, they go through what is obviously a traumatic experience, and then they continue to work together for three weeks — and then three of them get sent to do a training course together. “What would common sense dictate? Of course they would discuss this incident.”

Judge disbelieves RCMP acquits defendant.  A B.C. judge has acquitted a man on a charge of aggravated assault, saying she did not believe testimony from the Mounties involved in his arrest. B.C. Supreme Court Justice Marvyn Koenigsberg says officers in Burns Lake, B.C., used excessive force in subduing Andrew Fidler following his arrest in October 2006 for assault, and breached his charter rights. In the written ruling earlier this month, Koenigsberg said disclosure of records from the RCMP was a “continuing problem” throughout the trial and she finally ordered the entire police file handed over to the court. “Throughout the trial … difficulties were encountered with disclosure of documentation from the Burns Lake detachment,” Koenigsberg noted in the Sept. 14 ruling. “Not only was there late disclosure, the disclosure was piecemeal and necessitated the court, in exasperation the last few days of the trial, to order the entire file of Mr. Fidler’s encounters with (RCMP)… to be brought to court.” Among the documents then discovered was an RCMP internal report that directly conflicted with what the arresting officers had told the court under oath regarding whether or not Fidler was ordered out of his home by the arresting Mounties. Koenigsberg noted that a security camera at the detachment was operating the night Fidler was brought in, but the surveillance video of the detachment and the cells was inexplicably erased. It’s not the first time Mounties have come under fire for their record-keeping and disclosure of information following controversial arrests. The public inquiry into the death of Robert Dziekanski will resume Tuesday to deal with the disclosure of internal emails that surfaced just as the inquiry was to wrap up. The correspondence raised questions about the testimony of the four officers involved in the incident about whether they discussed using a Taser as they headed to the airport to respond to the call. Critics have said questions about the Mounties’ testimony, and documents from before and after Dziekanski’s death, raise questions about whether the RCMP were truthful about what happened in Dziekanski’s death.  It is so sad and disappointing the degree to which the RCMP as an organization has squandered their inspirational heritage and squandered the public trust. Over 100 years brave, stellar professionals have morphed into a lying, deceitful, self-serving bureaucracy. The rot simply has to be removed from the force if Canadians are to have any form of faith in them again.  hahaha, the RCMP has got to be good fodder for comedy!  if we cannot trust the people paid to protect us to carry out their duties within the law, honestly, and with integrity (who can we trust )..

EDMONTON – A veteran Mountie serving in Edmonton’s major crime unit has been charged with seven criminal offences following a investigation into a family fight.  Cpl. Kelly Gulaga faces five counts of assault, one of forcible confinement and one firearms offence.  RCMP spokesman Cpl. Wayne Oakes says Gulaga, a 19-year Mountie veteran, has been suspended with pay pending the outcome of the case.  The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team says it began conducting the investigation in July.  ASIRT says Gulaga appeared in St. Albert provincial court on Monday and was released with conditions.  Gulaga is to appear in court again on Oct. 5 for election and plea.

OUR Civil society can not afford to discount any kind of bad police behavior.. time to convict the RCMP of all of their crimes, thus  make a good example of them rightfully too

VANCOUVER — Just a week before the two-year anniversary of her son’s death at Vancouver International Airport, Zofia Cisowski has filed a lawsuit for damages .  The lawsuit against the RCMP, the Canada Border Services Agency and the Vancouver Airport Authority seeks damages for psychological injury, the loss of her son, Robert Dziekanski, and her inability to work since the incident. The suit, filed in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver on Wednesday, also seeks punitive damages. Dziekanski, 40, died on Oct. 14, 2007, after being Tasered five times by four RCMP officers responding to a 911 call at the airport. Dziekanski, who was immigrating to Canada to live with his mother, had become frustrated after a 20-hour flight from Poland, then spending about 11 hours in the international arrivals area of the airport. He was unable to contact his mother, who was waiting for him in another area. Cisowski’s lawsuit, filed a week before the statute of limitations would go into effect, said the conduct of the RCMP and four officers breached the Charter of Rights and was “an abuse of power, reprehensible, malicious, oppressive and high-handed.” The suit claims negligence, assault and battery, malfeasance and charter violations by the RCMP.


RCMP shouldn’t investigate RCMP, says officer in charge of Dziekanski case Tue Sep 22, 7:47 PM  VANCOUVER, B.C. – The senior Mountie who was in charge of the investigation into Robert Dziekanski’s death says the national police force shouldn’t investigate itself…Supt. Wayne Rideout was in charge of criminal operations in the region and headed the investigation into Dziekanski’s death in October 2007, after four RCMP officers stunned him with a Taser at Vancouver’s airport.  he says bringing in an outside body would avoid the sort of public perception problems that have plagued the Dziekanski case.  Just last month, the RCMP’s federal watchdog also said the force shouldn’t investigate itself, although the RCMP has resisted turning over such cases to outside bodies.
On December 12, 2008, the Criminal Justice Branch of British Columbia issued a statement, finding that although the RCMP officers’ efforts to restrain Dziekański were a contributing cause of his death, the force they used to subdue and restrain him was reasonable and necessary in all the circumstances; thus there would not be a substantial likelihood of conviction of the officers in connection with the incident and accordingly criminal charges were not approved.[28] Three of the officers remain on duty elsewhere in Canada, while the supervisor, Corporal Benjamin “Monty” Robinson, resigned from the force on July 20, 2012 in anticipation of a sentencing hearing after being found guilty of obstruction of justice[29] stemming from the death of a 21-year old Vancouver man.[30][31][32]

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