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    Airport Taser Death....

    Thought Id post this up in line with the other improper uses of a taser.


    Canadian Taser death caught on cameraVancouver Airport amateur footage shocker
    By Lester Haines → More by this author
    Published Thursday 15th November 2007 16:13 GMT
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    An amateur cameraman has released footage of the death of a man tasered by Royal Canadian Mounted Police at Vancouver International Airport.

    Cameraman Paul Pritchard filmed Pole Robert Dziekanski,40, in a "clearly agitated" state on 14 October in a "secure area outside the Canada Customs exit". At the start of the 10 minute film Dziekanski, who had arrived hours before* to visit his mother, can be seen "taking office chairs and putting them in front of the security doors", as CBC News explains. He then "picks up a small table, which he holds, while a woman in the arrivals lounge calmly speaks to him in apparent effort to calm him down".

    Dziekanski then "picks up a computer and throws it to the ground". Three airport personnel arrive and "block the exit from the secure area, but Dziekanski retreats inside and does not threaten them".

    Four RCMP officers arrive shortly after and roughly 25 seconds later, "there is a loud crack that sounds like a Taser shot, followed by Dziekanski screaming and convulsing as he stumbles and falls to the floor" (see pic).

    CBC News continues: "Another loud crack can be heard as an officer appears to fire one more Taser shot into Dziekanski. As the officers kneel on top of Dziekanski and handcuff him, he continues to scream and convulse on the floor. One officer is heard to say, 'Hit him again. Hit him again', and there is another loud cracking sound."

    As the video ends, officers "appear to be checking his condition and one officer is heard to say, 'code red'". An ambulance team arrived a few minutes later, but "their efforts to revive Dziekanski were unsuccessful and he was declared dead".

    Pritchard gave police his footage "on a promise that they would return it within 48 hours". However, the next day, they told him "they would not be returning the recording as promised". He then hired a lawyer to recover the film, which police eventually returned to him on Wednesday.

    Pritchard claims he was provoked into action because he "feared a coverup by police". RCMP's Cpl Dale Carr said police "kept the video longer than they anticipated in order to protect the integrity of the police investigation while they interviewed witnesses".

    Carr told a press conference on Wednesday: "It's just one piece of evidence, one person's view. There are many people that we have spoken to. What I urge is that those watching the video, take note of that. Put what they've seen aside for the time being. And wait to hear the totality of the evidence at the time of the inquest."

    Among the controversial points raised by the video are that police "have said repeatedly that there were only three RCMP officers involved in the incident, but the video shows four men in RCMP uniforms", and that RCMP have said officers "did not use pepper spray because of the large number of people at the airport at the time".

    However, as CBC News notes: "The video shows Dziekanski standing alone with the four officers in an otherwise empty area, which is separated from the public area by a thick glass wall."

    CBC News concludes: "The RCMP's integrated homicide investigation team, the BC coroner's service, the Vancouver International Airport Authority and the Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP are each conducting their own investigations into the incident."

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    *CBC News notes: "The Polish immigrant arrived from Europe the previous day around 4pm, but for some unknown reason he did not clear customs until after midnight." The cause of his distress is likewise unknown.

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    good find GF,
    I aint head anything about this at all. love the way the media dont put things lke this in, tazers are the new big thing over here and i imagine no politician or pig would want the rep of them damaged..
    Im going round the Missus parents in 10 mins, ill ask them if there has been much news on that, they only watch PolSat.

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    Yeh just gon in, talked to the missus old man, he said he heard bout it a while back on Fakty24 (Polish Channel).

    He said that the guy was visiting his mother who lives in Canada.
    Was his first time out of Poland, first time flying, couldn't speak English and had been in the airport for 10 hours (wouldn't you be pissed?).
    Also his mother was in the arrivals lounge for 6 hours waiting for him, without being told anything.

    Sound to me like a very odd story, but for someone who is lost in a airport don't you think that security would have directed him or stopped him a bit before 10 hours?.
    I get pissed walking down a street i don't know thinking im lost, god knows what i would be like if it was after 10 hours of constant wondering round and not getting anywhere.

    Some one has to be held accountable for this incident,
    Poor fella, i feel for him and his family.

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    This story has made headlines all across the country. It's another black eye for the RCMP who can't seem to stop shooting themselves in the feet lately. Had the amateur footage not been shot, I doubt the truth would ever be known by the public.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoggage_54 View Post
    This story has made headlines all across the country. It's another black eye for the RCMP who can't seem to stop shooting themselves in the feet lately. Had the amateur footage not been shot, I doubt the truth would ever be known by the public.
    Yeah totally, just be dismissed as spin from a bent Polish government

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoggage_54
    This story has made headlines all across the country. It's another black eye for the RCMP who can't seem to stop shooting themselves in the feet lately. Had the amateur footage not been shot, I doubt the truth would ever be known by the public.
    sad but true

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