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Saturday, July 19, 2008

Polish town remembers man who died in taser incident at Canadian airport

July 19, 2008
The Canadian Press

WARSAW, Poland — Residents of a small Polish town gathered on Saturday to remember the 42-year-old townsman who died last year at a Canadian airport shortly after being hit with stunned with Taser guns by police.

A memorial Mass for Robert Dziekanski was held in a Roman Catholic church in Pieszyce, a small town in southwestern Poland.

An urn holding half of his remains was to be buried in the family grave at the town cemetery. Another urn remained in Kamloops, British Columbia, where his mother lives.

Dziekanski died last October at Vancouver International Airport, where he arrived after taking his first-ever flight to visit his mother, Zofia Cisowski, who lives in Canada. Cisowski also attended Saturday's service.

Dziekanski, who spoke only Polish, began acting erratically at the airport when he could not find his mother. He was pronounced dead shortly after being struck twice with Tasers by RCMP officers.

His death brought international attention and intense scrutiny of police use of Tasers.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

sad to see. I wonder why the coroner has not rules and the RCMP have not said anything. I think they are covering up an issue of positional ashpyxiation and are in fear of releasing this informaiton