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Thursday, April 03, 2008

Dates set for hearings in first of two probes of taser use in BC

April 3, 2008
The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER — A public inquiry into Taser use in British Columbia will get underway in May. Retired B.C. Appeal Court Justice Thomas Braidwood is heading up the probe and says three sessions over 14 days beginning May 5 in Vancouver.

The inquiry will have two phases - the first a "study" commission into the use of Tasers in B.C. by police forces other than the RCMP and the second specifically into Dziekanski's death. Submissions can be made in person or in writing at the inquiry into the death of Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski after RCMP stunned him with a Taser at Vancouver International Airport last fall.

A criminal investigation into the incident is continuing and a separate coroner's inquest has been scheduled for May.

Braidwood's Taser review inquiry is expected to be finished by June 30 and then the commissioner will decide when the inquiry into Dziekanski's death will begin.

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