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Thursday, April 01, 2010

RCMP to apologize to Robert Dziekanski's family

April 1, 2010

The RCMP intends to offer a formal apology and a financial settlement to compensate the mother of Robert Dziekanski, a Polish man who died at the Vancouver airport after RCMP officers used a Taser to subdue him.

The CBC has learned that Gary Bass, the RCMP deputy commissioner for the Pacific region, is scheduled to appear at a news conference Thursday morning, where he will offer the RCMP's apology to Zofia Cisowski, Dziekanski's mother.

Dziekanski died in October 2007, after four RCMP officers used a Taser on him at Vancouver International Airport.

It's not clear how Thursday's apology will differ from the first apology offered by RCMP deputy commissioner Bill Sweeney in May 2009 at a Senate committee hearing in Ottawa.

The RCMP's second-in-command said the force was "very sorry" for the death of Robert Dziekanski, but he stopped short of admitting the Mounties made a mistake.

Cisowski is expected to be at the conference when Bass makes his apology. The details of the financial settlement are being kept confidential.

In October 2009, Cisowski filed a lawsuit against the federal and provincial government, four RCMP officers and the Vancouver International Airport for the loss of her son. Sources have told CBC News it's expected that Cisowski will now drop the suit.

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