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Monday, October 20, 2008

Dziekanski hearing postponed to Nov. 12

October 20, 2008
Katie Mercer, The Province

A public inquiry into the Taser death of Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski that was to begin today has been delayed until Nov. 12. Dziekanski died soon after being Tasered by four RCMP officers at Vancouver International Airport Oct. 14, 2007. Video footage of the Tasering was captured by a witness and broadcast around the world.

The inquiry is to be headed by retired B.C. Appeal Court justice Thomas Braidwood, who was appointed in February by Attorney-General Wally Oppal to head two hearings. The first studied the use, safety and effectiveness of conducted-energy weapons in B.C. by police forces other than the RCMP.

A report from that hearing is due Nov. 30.

The second hearing will look into the circumstances of Dziekanski's death. It is expected to last six weeks and run over into early 2009, if needed. It will take place in Room 801, the Federal Court Building, 701 West Georgia St., in Vancouver.

A memorial for Dziekanski was held over the weekend in Kamloops, where Dziekanski's mother, Zofia Cisowski, lives.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Actually it's pretty sad to see this cover-up going on. If Taser is an issue, do something. If it was asphyxiation, do something. Right now no one trusts the RCMP at all