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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Inquiry begins into taser death of Robert Dziekanski

October 18, 2008
Canwest News Service

VANCOUVER - A public inquiry into the Taser death of Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski begins Monday in Vancouver. Dziekanski died shortly after an RCMP officer used a Taser on him at Vancouver International Airport on Oct. 14, 2007. Video footage of Dziekanski being Tasered by the RCMP and then dying was captured by a witness and broadcast around the world.

The inquiry will look at the circumstances surrounding the death. It's headed by retired B.C. Appeal Court justice Thomas R. Braidwood. He was appointed in February by B.C Attorney-General Wally Oppal to head two hearings. The first was to study the use, safety and effectiveness of conducted energy weapons in B.C. by police forces other than the RCMP. The second phase will be a public hearing into the death of Dziekanski and is expected to last about six weeks. If more time is needed, it will be scheduled in early 2009.

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