The Ministry of Attorney General announced this afternoon (June 18) that a special prosecutor has been appointed to review the report of the Braidwood Commission on the Death of Robert Dziekanski.
Vancouver criminal lawyer Richard Peck will decide if it's appropriate to reassess the Crown's decision not to lay charges against any of the RCMP officers involved.
Dziekanski, a Polish immigrant, died in 2007 after being Tasered and jumped on by RCMP officers at the Vancouver International Airport less than 30 seconds after police arrived on the scene.
Today, retired judge Thomas Braidwood issued a report on the incident, which found that the RCMP's use of the Taser was not justified.
"Mr. Dziekanski in no way brought this on himself," Braidwood told reporters.
In December 2008, the criminal justice branch issued a statement saying three levels of its executive management reviewed the evidence against the four RCMP officers and unanimously agreed that criminal charges were not warranted.
According to the 2008 statement, which was released by Stan Lowe, "the force they used to subdue and restrain him was reasonable and necessary in all the circumstances."
Two weeks later, Lowe was appointed as B.C.'s police complaints commissioner.