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article imageRCMP officers could be charged in death of Dziekanski

By KJ Mullins     Jun 30, 2010 in Crime
Vancouver - For two years the RCMP officers that used a taser on Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski resulting in his death have not been charged with his death. That may change if the Crown agrees to reopen its original decision in light of new findings.
The Braidwood Inquiry uncovered factual material that was not made available to the Crown during the initial charge assessment. That material includes video analysis by experts and expert opinion on the escalation and de-escalation of force.
On Tuesday Richard Peck, special prosecutor, asked that the case be reopened saying that the shameful conduct of the officers was not justified.
"Mr. Peck will examine any other conduct of the four officers in relation to this matter, and in particular their statements to investigators and their testimony at the Braidwood Inquiry with a view to determining whether their conduct was at any time contrary to any provisions of the Criminal Code," said Crown spokesman Robin Baird in a statement reported the Vancouver Sun.
Peck was appointed to the case on June 18 after the Braidwood Commission's final report was released. He wants to review the evidence and re-examine why there were no criminal charges laid against the Mounties.
Cpl. Benjamin Monty Robinson
RCMP Cpl. Benjamin Monty Robinson testifies at the public inquiry into Robert Dziekanski's death.
Photo courtesy CBC
Walter Kosteckyj, lawyer for Dziekanski’s mother Zofia Cisowski, and Polish government lawyer Don Rosenbloom are both are in favor of the re-examination.
The Province reports Rosenbloom said “the Polish government welcomes the fact that Mr. Peck feels it appropriate to review the file and revisit the issue of criminal charges against the four RCMP officers.”
Three of the officers that were involved including Cst. Kwesi Millington who is said to have tasered the man five times are still employed by the RCMP but not on "front-line duty". Cpl. Benjamin Monty Robinson has been suspended from the RCMP following a separate incident.
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