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Perjury Charges Filed Against Mounties In Taser Death

The British Columbia government has filed perjury charges against four members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in connection with the death of a Polish migrant who died after being tasered in 2007.

Charged were Constables Billy Bentley, Kwesi Millington and Gerry Rundell and Cpl. Benjamin Robinson. They are scheduled to make the first court appearance on June 29 in connection with their testimony on how they handled Robert Dziekanski after he arrived at the Vancouver Airport.

The Polish migrant’s death made headlines and led to the formation of an independent investigating panel as well as reform of the Canadian police’s use of the electronic stun gun.

According to Special Prosecutor Richard Peck, who reviewed the case for months, the four Mounties will not be tried for Dziekanski’s death or charged with obstructing justice after the death because of the high chance they could not be convicted.

Peck said the perjury charges stemmed from the Mounties alleged lies at a public investigation into the migrant’s death when they stated that Dziekanski was violent and refused to cooperate. However, their statements were belied by a bystander’s video of the tasering incident.

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Added: May-13-2011 
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  • Cowards. He was calm and they didn't even try to restrain him normally. They are responsible for his death. No question about it.

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  • TAZER TAZER TAZER... The last words a man hears because police didn't like the fact that he was pissed at something or other and didn't understand the language he was speaking... I say that's worthy of a lawsuit if anything is. I remember when this vid first got posted online, it's a damn shame what happened and the use of force was not necessary. Listen to how much they tazed him and how they piled on top of him while he was having a cardiovascular seizure due to the tazing... It was excessive More..

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    • @EmrysM cardiovascular seizure?? No such thing

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    • @StinkerBottom Major adverse cardiovascular event is a bit much to write :P Besides tazering a person with a seizure disorder can kill them, much as it killed this man... would need more info as to whether or not he had the disorder though :) Could even have been un-diagnosed.

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  • I recall someone recently arguing with me that a taser never killed anyone. In this incident, there were enough cops to subdue him without using a taser.

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    • @Riot_On Wow I figured maybe one or two odd cases a year, not 20+... that's too much, I'm suprised they still allow tazers.

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    • @EmrysM To elaborate- This means on average one death every 18 days from tazering.

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  • Police must be held to the highest standards if our society is to continue to be fair, and free. The last 20 yrs have seen police across Canada become more military in nature. If you dress them up like soldiers and give them fancy weapons they will start to act like soldiers and treat civilians as enemy. From the top down it is time to show them that they are here to serve and protect citizenry and to use force as a last resort. Yes it is a tough job but they are not being drafted and are very, More..

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  • An unprofessional over reaction and the poor bastard gets killed. Robert Dziekanski was no mental patient. He was scared, exhausted, dehydrated and so fking confused he was having a meltdown.
    A sad chapter in Canadian law enforcement history. The internets have his whole story, and details about wtf happened that day. A tragedy that should never have happened.

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  • The power trip cops should be tazzzed!!

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  • Sure the bastards that manufactured the taser too. Into the ground. The only thing these fascist pricks understand is a 7 figure lawsuit.

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  • You guys don't seem to understand, they're not being charged for tasering him. They're being charged for being lying faggots. Cops should know better than to lie on their reports but they do it all the time. Commit the crime pay the time.

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  • i dont understand people who say "police face agressive people"
    a BOUNCER face around 50 total drunken idiot every single night yet he doesnt have the right to beat them, taser or shoot at them.
    there is training forthat type of operation.................

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  • He might have been damaging property, but in no way was he violent to other people. Probably he was frustrated about something, maybe his family were missing - was clear no attempt was made to communicate. The police just murdered him over a broken (if even that) piece of furniture.

    Also the cameraman comments how he is still fighting them off, well if the cameraman was being slowly tortured to death would he just accept death without a struggle? Would it matter whether it was 4 thugs or " More..

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    • @telar Yup, exactly. I remember this. He was extremely frustrated because he did not speak English or French and was confused about where to go to customs, luggage, etc. at the airport. He was stuck in the airport for a while and he became very stressed. He tried to get help but the communication barrier was escalating the situation. By the time they were able to get a translator to him, he'd already lost his noodle a bit. The airport staff failed him, I think. He was just trying to see his fami More..

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    • @telar

      I absolutely agree with you on all points. Your comment is the most intelligent one here, but somehow it is reported!!? You can be sure it is someone who is angry that you made so much sense!

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  • What's the use of being an total fit cop, who runs and works out and sh-- when they pull those tasers? Personally, with all that back up, I'd rather brawl the dude. Don't get me wrong, I love watching the unreasonable twitch on the ground and scream in pain, but I love watching big tough cops take people to the ground and cuff them with a knee in the back of the neck.
    Yes I know it puts the cops at risk of a sprained finger or anything for that matter, but come on, where's all the macho cops a More..

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    • @mlloyd

      No macho cops around anymore, nowadays it's the librarians who are macho. Cops are now the wusses.

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    • @mlloyd I agree totally dont get me wrong its a good thing the cops have tasers sometimes its the only way, but why are they even trained in apprehending a suspect with just their hands anymore if they just reach for the taser every time?

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  • why did they zap him in the first place,.what ever happened to overpowering him when you have four fucking big guys around,?
    trigger happy nappies,.I'd say,.

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  • Tazers are torture devices!

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  • The effects of electric current on the human body are well known and no matter what attempts are made to modulate and control the current it is dangerous. Tazers are the worst thing to happen to the policing community since Hoover and there are a lot of cops that agree with me on this...

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  • That just can't be, Mounties are nice people, yes?

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  • Well nobody takes Canadians seriously when they bark orders in that funny accent. "We're goona give you the joouice, eh?"

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  • Way to go...Eh!

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  • Silly little cop-haters. How horrible it is for Canada that apparently the some of the same people in their so called Justice Department are like the predictable Cop-Haters here.

    Firstly, as much as some people like to whine, cry big ole tears, just wet themselves over the concept of a tazer, they have saved more lives than most could begin to calculate. They came about along the same time society has completely broken down, thus the instances of Police fatal shootings of suspects didn't skyr More..

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    • @TiminPhx

      whoa whoa whoa, take it easy with all that common sense, you might make some liveleakers heads explode!.....but seriously, right on brother

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    • @TiminPhx These 4 cops got together and planned to lie about what happened. In fact, when they were on the witness stand, the actual video evidence SHOWED they were lying... and furthermore, they all told the same lie. This isn't about whether cops can perform their duties. It's about lying cops. And I have a feeling that if you were pulled over and given a ticket for something you did not do... and then the cop lied on the witness stand, your attitude would be a bit different. Or would y More..

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    • @TiminPhx

      Thank you, I watched the video it's pretty obvious the guy is violent and uncooperative. I don't think people understand how much more violent a "swarming" is than a Taser. This guy probably would have died no matter what technique was used to control him. Most of these Monday morning quarterbacks have no idea what it is like to deal with violent people yet alone take one into custody safely.

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    • @TiminPhx says
      "Tasers have saved more lives than most could begin to calculate"
      I call BULLSHIIT on YOU ! That's a pretty amazing claim. How can you possibly provide ANY evidence to back that up???

      "They came about along the same time society has completely broken down"
      Hmm. society has completely broken down many many times. Rodney King riots, Desegragation in Boston, KKK back in the days of hangings, the list goes on & on

      "you want to tell officer to close in a More..

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    • @Monkey_Boy ...are we watching the same video?...I'm not sure where do the cops feel threaten by this guy when he's being approached...

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  • The four kanuck bastards will hopefully be thrown behind bars and left to rot

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  • http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/story.html?id=a6f64f90-f0b8-44b0-8053-a6afa7e831f3

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    • @TheGlenn Thanks

      Handful of RCMPs busted for DUI. You'd think they wouldn't do that seeing how they BUST others for it AND see the results of it in dead bodies at accidents. Just a few more bad apples
      http://bcidla.org/news.htm

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  • it has been always a rule, you cause one's death, you gotta pay for it.

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  • that went well =

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