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Taser death details revealed

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Uploaded on Nov 26, 2007

The Canada Border Services Agency is expected to face tough questions at a news conference Monday about the circumstances surrounding the death of a Polish immigrant at Vancouver International Airport last month.

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Border Services officials are expected to give for the first time their account of an alleged communication breakdown on Oct. 14 in the hours before Robert Dziekanski's death.

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Dziekanski died just minutes after he was given two Taser jolts and pinned down by four RCMP officers at the airport.

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The 40-year-old, who did not speak fluent English, became agitated after languishing for hours in a secure customs area as his mother fruitlessly tried to get help finding him from the public side.

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The incident, which was captured on video by a witness, has sparked fierce debate over the officers' actions and the use of Tasers by law enforcement agencies across the country.

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Yet it is unclear where Dziekanski was during his 10 hours at the airport, what he was doing and why no translators or airport staff were on hand to assist him.

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Walter Kosteskyj, a lawyer who represents Dziekanski's mother, Zofia Cisowski, told CBC News on Monday that after confirming Dziekanski's flight had arrived, a companion who had driven her to the airport was told by a CBSA official that there was no record of a Polish immigrant arriving that day.

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"He was told that without breaching any confidence, there were no Polish immigrants there today and that they should go home, that he wasn't there," Kosteskyj said.

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The companion said the conversation lasted four or five minutes and the border services official wasn't interested in checking Dziekanski's name, Kosteskyj added.

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The exchange prompted Cisowski to return to her home in Kamloops, B.C., believing her son had missed his flight.

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At least seven investigations, including a provincial inquiry and a House of Commons public safety committee investigation, have been called to probe Dziekanski's death or the use of Tasers since last month.

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Comments • 16

slw154
This was just one vulgarly disgusting mess. and...... NEVER TRUST THE POLICE.   The personality that is attracted to the job is dangerous.
Meg Anty
Are u fucking kidding me!! and i wonder why u r comming to our country without knowin langauage laerning for fuckin half money withoput knowing polish l;ecture u have in ur fuckin language even our profesors know english while we have to pass fuckin toefel. I wish seeing u coming here asshole
Scott Venture
@Proud2BeAPirate CBSA officers don't even have tasers.
Scott Venture
@snowbiker111 Well it was RCMP, not the CBSA. They work together but can't be responsible for what the other party does on thier time.
Harry Dickinsider
@hugodischarge Where were some Airport Translators to help this guy out? Yeah he is going apeshit an airport but the situation could have easily been resolved without his life getting taken. Fuck you are one ignorant dude!
Harry Dickinsider
@hugodischarge Are you a fucken idiot? Do you know how many Canadians here have resided here for years on end and don't speak a fucken word of English? That pisses me off. If I had to go live and work in another country yeah I agree with you I'd attempt to learn their language for respect and appreciation! The cops here went way over line here and murdered a man! A nightclub bouncer could have taken this man down easily but these fucken pigs tested their new toy! Airport Translators?!?! 
apriliafan
Polish IMMEGRANT?He was just a simple tourist to visit his mother!
interpol007
@snowbiker111 by help do you mean take one federal law enforcement agancy and stop another? Or the fact that CBSA Officers are not in the waiting rooms, security is handled by police, NOT CBSA. CBSA are there to handle immigration and other border related issues, YES if something goes on around them then they can arrest just the same. But it was not CBSA's responsibility (nor could they if they wanted to due to the fact they were in a diffrerent part of the airport) to stop Roman.
interpol007
@snowbiker111 Love how you fucktards are so simple you cant tell the difference from RCMP (THE GUYS WHO ACTUALLY TAZERED HIM) and Canada Border services agency (THE GUYS THAT HAD NOTHING TO FUCKING DO WITH HIM)
ALEX DRAGU
fuck the totalitarian NAZIST police!!!
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