An e-mail suggests that the four RCMP officers involved in the Taser-related death of Robert Dziekanski discussed using the stun gun before they confronted the newly arrived Polish immigrant at the Vancouver airport.
The e-mail sent by RCMP Chief Supt. Dick Bent to RCMP deputy commissioner Al Macintyre was disclosed today (June 19) in what was supposed to be the first day of closing submissions at the Braidwood inquiry.
Testifying before the inquiry, the four Mounties had said under oath that they did not talk about how to deal with a man who was reported to be causing some commotion at the airport.
Dziekanski was zapped repeatedly with a Taser by Const. Kwesi Millington seconds after he came face to face with the RCMP team led by Cpl. Benjamin Montgomery Robinson.
The four Mounties had claimed that they feared for their safety when Dziekanski picked up an office stapler.
“Finally, spoke to Wayne and he indicated that the members did not articulate that they saw the symptoms of excited delirium, but instead had discussed the response en route and decided that if he did not comply that they would go to CEW,” stated the e-mail read at the inquiry by commission counsel Art Vertlieb.
CEW stands for conducted energy weapon—an innocuous-sounding name for the weapon that shoots up to 50,000 volts of electricity into a person’s body.
Bent was referring to Supt. Wayne Rideout, then head of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team that was investigating Dziekanski’s death, in the e-mail he dispatched on November 5, 2007, about three weeks after Dziekanski died at the airport.
Retired judge Thomas Braidwood decided to adjourn the inquiry until September 22, saying the disclosure of the e-mail will require further testimony.