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Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Vancouver airport denies any responsibility in Dziekanski's death

December 1, 2009
The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER, B.C. — Vancouver International Airport has denied any responsibility for the death of Robert Dziekanski in a statement of defence to a lawsuit filed by his mother.

Dziekanski died at the airport in October 2007 after four RCMP officers stunned him with a Taser, and his mother is now suing the officers, the airport and the federal and provincial governments.

Zofia Cisowski alleges airport staff failed Dziekanski by not helping him when he became agitated in the international arrivals area, not calling a translator and not calling in airport firefighters after he was stunned.

In a statement of defence filed in B.C. Supreme Court, the airport denies any responsibility and insists its staff used good judgment and followed their training in dealing with the Polish immigrant.

The document says the airport could not have foreseen what happened.

The airport faced intense criticism after Dziekanski's death and has made numerous changes in the aftermath, including improved translation services, more signs in different languages and increased patrols to find passengers who are lost or in distress.

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