Questions swirl a year after Vancouver taser incident
VANCOUVER - It has been one year since the death of a Polish man after being jolted by an RCMP Taser at Vancouver International Airport, launching an ongoing public inquiry into the police use of stun guns.
Forty-year-old Robert Dziekanski collapsed and died after being shocked by a Taser as three Mounties confronted the agitated man early on the morning of Oct. 14, 2007.
Officers had been called to the international arrivals area of the airport when Dziekanski began throwing furniture after wandering for hours in the customs area of the building where he was supposed to meet his mother.
A video shot by a witness showed officers used the Taser on the non-English-speaking man within seconds of arrival.
Use of the weapon, and the subsequent police handling of the case, has sparked several investigations, including a two-part provincial inquiry, which is due to resume next month.
A memorial service is planned for Saturday in Kamloops, home of Dziekanski's mother, Zofia Cisowski.