May 11, 2009

RCMP apologize for taser death

CANADA - The RCMP's second-in-command issued an outright apology today for the death of Robert Dziekanski, the Polish immigrant who was tasered to death by trigger happy RCMP officers.

"We are very sorry for Mr. Dziekanski's death and we are committed to learning as much as possible from this terrible event," said Deputy Commissioner William Sweeney.

Sweeney, speaking to a senate committee on change in the RCMP, went further than either senior B.C. officers did two weeks ago or Commissioner Bill Elliott.

Elliott said the force would soon indicate to a judicial inquiry into Dziekansk's death that members of the RCMP would have done things differently. It was the closest the force's leadership had come to admitting any mistakes were made in the October 2007 incident wherein RCMP officers electrocuted Dziekanski five times and killed him. The officers proceeded to electrocute him less than 30 seconds after meeting him, not even bothering to wait for an interpreter or attempt to communicate with him.

The four RCMP officers later lied under oath, claiming they had felt threatened by the Polish immigrant because he was holding a stapler. Public disbelief that four armed RCMP wearing bullet-proof vests felt "threatened" by a confused man with a stapler was widespread.

The RCMP also tried to cover up the incident by seizing a video camera which recorded the incident and was the primary damning evidence. Paul Pritchard, the owner of the camera, had to take the RCMP to court to get his video back and released the video to the media afterwards.

Afterwards the RCMP also faked a coroner's report stating that Dziekanski died of a heart defect, but a later autopsy disproved this and that the previous coroner's report was completely bogus.

Deputy Commissioner Sweeney said today that the RCMP is awaiting the outcome of the inquiry led by Judge Thomas Braidwood. Will the four RCMP officers be punished and charged with manslaughter, conspiracy and perjury? Maybe. The RCMP seems to be completely corrupt. It took the RCMP seventeen months to finally issue an apology.

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