No charges to be laid against RCMP officers in airport Taser death


robert-dziekanskiNone of the four RCMP officers involved in the Taser-related death of Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski will face criminal charges, Stan Lowe, the spokesman for B.C.’s Criminal Justice Branch, confirmed Friday morning in Vancouver.

Dziekanski, 41, died in the secure arrivals area of Vancouver International Airport on Oct. 14, 2007, moments after he was shot with RCMP stun guns. His death ignited an international debate about the police use of stun guns.

Lowe said Friday that, after a full examination of the evidence, Crown prosecutors found it fell short of the test needed to apply criminal charges. “In light of this independent evidence … there is not a substantial likelihood of conviction in this case for any of the offences considered. In fact the available evidence falls remarkably short of that standard. Accordingly, the Criminal Justice Branch will not be approving any charges in relation to this tragic event,” said Lowe.

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13th December 2008


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