Lawyer accuses Mounties of “cowboy entrance”

04Apr09

Robert Dziekanskioriginally published: 24th March 2009

Four Mounties at the Vancouver airport wearing bulletproof vests and armed with guns, metal batons and, in one case, a Taser, felt threatened by a confused Polish immigrant with a stapler in his hand, the supervising Mountie today told a public inquiry about the death of Robert Dziekanski.

Under tough questioning by the deceased mother’s lawyer, Walter Kosteckyj, Cpl. Benjamin “Monty” Robinson appeared unable to show any threatening action against his men on Dziekanski’s part while viewing an amateur video of events shown to the court — or that Dziekanski was advancing toward the four Mounties as originally stated.

“There, there’s slight movement in the video,” insisted Robinson, pointing to what Kosteckyj described as merely a slight swaying. “I thought he was going to hit me with the stapler,” said Robinson.

Dziekanski died on October 14, 2007, around 1:30 a.m. in the international arrivals section of the airport, after receiving five jolts from a Taser administered by Const. Kwesi Millington, some after he was already lying on the ground, writhing and screaming in pain.

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