Mounties Not Charged in Dziekanski Taser Death
Canadian Crown has concluded that there is insufficient evidence to prosecute the four Mounties who used a taser to subdue Robert Dziekanski. The Polish immigrant died of "undisclosed injuries" shortly after being tasered at the Vancouver International Airport last year. The incident was caught on tape.
Zofia Cisowski, Dziekanski's mother, has not commented on the ruling yet but is expected at a news conference later today.
The Crown's decision caps a far-flung investigation by members of B.C.'s Integrated Homicide Investigation Team that took officers as far away as Poland.
Four Mounties were summoned to the international arrivals section of the airport after Mr. Dziekanski, 40, who did not speak English, began acting in an erratic manner after wandering for hours in the customs area of the complex. He was supposed to meet his mother, who was sponsoring his move to Canada, but he became confused after a 14-hour flight and 10-hour wait to find her.
Now that charges are not being laid, the officers can testify at an inquiry headed by commissioner Thomas Braidwood into police use of tasers. The RCMP said it wouldn't participate or provide the commission with access to its files until a decision had been made on charges.
The four officers have been under a great deal of pressure awaiting the outcome of the investigation and "are looking forward to getting it behind them," said RCMP Sergeant Mike Ingles, who covers officers in the South Fraser area.