No charges will be laid against any of the four RCMP officers involved in the 2007 death of Robert Dziekanski at Vancouver International Airport.
A December 12 media release issued by the B.C. Ministry of Attorney General states that the Richmond RCMP officers used force that was “reasonable and necessary in all circumstances” when subduing Dziekanski.
On October 14, 2007, Dziekanski was tasered by RCMP officers five times before being forced to the ground. He was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.
The media release was issued in conjunction with a “Clear Statement” from the criminal justice branch of the ministry. The statement says that Dziekanski’s death was the result of “sudden death following restraint” and that a forensic pathologist found “no definitive cause of death”.
The ministry’s statement identifies the four RCMP officers involved as Constable Millington, Constable Bentley, Constable Rundel, and Corporal Robinson.
In addition to outlining the actions of the RCMP, the justice branch’s statement spends considerable time discussing Dziekanski’s history of alcohol abuse. In four paragraphs dedicated to explaining Dziekanski’s cause of death, alcohol is mentioned seven times. But the statement says that Dziekanski did not have any drugs or alcohol in his system at the time of his death.
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