Supreme Court Rejects Appeals in Dziekanski Police-Perjury Convictions

By Kane, Laura | The Canadian Press, October 30, 2017 | Go to article overview

Supreme Court Rejects Appeals in Dziekanski Police-Perjury Convictions


Kane, Laura, The Canadian Press


High court rejects appeals in Dziekanski case

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VANCOUVER - Every year, on the anniversary of Robert Dziekanski's death, Zofia Cisowski lays red and white roses and prays at the spot where her son died in Vancouver's airport in 2007.

She was just there on Oct. 14, marking 10 years since he died tragically after being jolted by a police Taser.

On Monday, after Canada's top court dismissed the appeals of two men convicted of perjury in connection with the incident, Cisowski said her annual visits will feel different.

"My son was so good to me. He loved me so much. He was my life, and it has been a very long, hard journey for me," she said through tears.

"I was waiting for this news (for) 10 years. I had no life," she said in an interview from her home in Kamloops, B.C. "Until now, there wasn't justice for Robert. But today, I think differently. I am so, so happy. ... I feel like I'm alive again."

The Supreme Court of Canada rejected the appeals immediately after hearing them. Because the justices ruled from the bench, formal reasons for their decision were not immediately available.

Kwesi Millington and Benjamin (Monty) Robinson were among four Mounties charged with perjury following a public inquiry into the death of Dziekanski, who was in the process of emigrating from Poland to live with his mother in Kamloops.

A bystander's video played at the public inquiry and viewed millions of times on social media showed four RCMP officers approaching a troubled Dziekanski at the airport. Within minutes, he was jolted several times with a Taser and lay dead on the floor.

The officers told the inquiry they perceived Dziekanski as a threat when he picked up a stapler.

The inquiry's commissioner, Thomas Braidwood, said in his 470-page report that the officers approached the scene as if they were responding to a "barroom brawl.'' He said they failed to reassess the situation when it became clear they were dealing with a distraught traveller who didn't speak English, rather than the drunk, violent man they'd anticipated. …

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