Robert Dziekanski's death now being examined by Polish prosecutors
Wednesday, March 25, 20091 Comment
They would also have you believe that the reason they fired the taser so many times was that the first blast didn't appear to immediately fell the man in question, so a commanding officer order the trigger be pulled again. Then a third time. The justification for the fourth shot was that the most recent one "didn't sound right". Then the officer simply forgot about the fifth firing.
Official police reports initially said only 2 shots were fired. Then in testimony they upped that to 4. But it is the video footage and discharge records these tasers hold that confirmed the number was actually 5. Police training for these weapons says you should only fire it once.
The police notes and the officer's reports to their superiors have now been deemed "false", and Polish prosecutors have charged that the officers in question have been lying under oath in an attempt to cover up the truth.
Canadian prosecutors have refused to lay any charges. But this opens the door for Polish prosecutors to begin an investigation and potentially lay charges themselves. Polish media has been following the story closely for weeks and even has a camera crew at the courthouse. Under Polish law, their prosecutors may pursue foreigners for crimes committed against Polish citizens abroad, and the RCMP is now in their sights. If the officers are found guilty in Canada the Poles could ask Canada to hand them over to Poland.
However, Polish investigators are not allowed to conduct their investigation in Canada, and must rely on information passed to them by the RCMP - a request that so far has fallen on deaf ears. The RCMP is refusing to cooperate with Polish persecutors and has not been passing along requested information as of present.
What do you think about the use of tasers by police, and the credibility of the RCMP in this case? Please comment below and vote in our online poll available from the front page of our website. Here is a video clip from CBC on the subject that aired this morning: