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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Dziekanski inquiry gears up for second phase

August 12, 2008
Chad Skelton, Vancouver Sun

VANCOUVER - Those wanting to appear before the inquiry into the death of Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski must apply before Sept. 5, the inquiry announced Tuesday.

On June 25, retired judge Thomas Braidwood wrapped up the first phase of his inquiry, which looked at the general issue of how police use Tasers. Braidwood heard from about 50 presenters and received more than 40 written submissions.

On Oct. 20, the second phase of the inquiry, looking specifically at the circumstances surrounding Dziekanski's death, will begin. Dziekanski died at the Vancouver International Airport on Oct. 14 shortly after being Tasered by RCMP officers.

Details of how to apply to appear before the inquiry are available online at www.braidwoodinquiry.ca. Applicants must detail their expertise and explain why they believe they have something to add. Inquiry spokesman Chris Freimond said not all those who apply will be allowed to appear. "They have to have some constructive input," said Freimond. Those wanting to appear before the inquiry have until Sept. 5 to apply. Written submissions on policy issues will be accepted until Nov. 28. The second phase of the inquiry is expected to last six weeks, though it could go longer.

Braidwood's report covering the first phase of the inquiry is scheduled to be delivered to B.C. Attorney-General Wally Oppal on Nov. 30.

The report on the second phase of the inquiry will likely be completed some time in 2009.

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