Justice, truth and accountability for Robert Dziekański

16 May 2008 by Mike Gogulski
Posted in police | 2 Comments »

Robert Dziekański was killed seven months ago at Vancouver International Airport.

After waiting around in immigration and customs hell for some ten hours, unable to speak or understand English and clearly disturbed, Dziekański was tasered to death within a minute of police arriving on the scene.

Yesterday, Dziekański’s mother, Zofia Cisowski, appeared at the public inquiry into taser use across Canada and specifically into the death of her son.

From the Toronto Star:

Tearful mom urges end to police Taser use

“Mr. Commissioner, my confidence and faith in the RCMP and Canadian authorities are shattered,” she said, dabbing at tears with a handkerchief.

“I was shocked and distressed to learn how my son died after the tape held by police was released to the public, and the story was very different than I was told by the authorities.”

She said her son would still be alive had he not been hit twice with an RCMP Taser, when, appearing confused and agitated after spending many hours at the airport, he was confronted by four officers.

“I know that he did not deserve the treatment he encountered at the Vancouver airport,” Cisowski said.

The current phase of the inquiry is looking into Taser use by law enforcement in general. Later, the commission will look specifically into Dziekanski’s death.

Cisowski said she is eagerly awaiting that second phase.

“I want justice, truth and accountability,” she said in a halting voice in the crowded hearing room.

In her final plea to the inquiry before her tears returned, Cisowski said she hoped the recommendations that emerge from the inquiry are such “that another mother will not experience so much suffering like I do.”

She’s not likely to get justice, truth, or accountability, though at least the latter pair should be fairly simple.

One need only watch the video to see the truth of how Mr. Dziekański died: he was killed by four uniformed thugs armed with electroshock weapons.

If the inquiry leads to criminal charges against the four officers involved, which seems highly unlikely, we might discover which of the uniformed thugs actually pulled the taser triggers, making them directly responsible for this crime. It won’t matter, though, since they’ll have the clown suit defense on their side.

Justice is another matter entirely, and no amount of it is going to bring a grieving mother’s dead son back to life.

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