CTV reports that the CBSA is to break its silence on its role in Polish immigrant Dziekanski's death:
The federal agency will release its report this afternoon on the Oct. 13-14 events at Vancouver International Airport that culminated with the 40-year-old Polish man's death after RCMP officers used a Taser on him.
It's premature to speculate, but there does appear to be cause for concern given the apparent (false) information provided to Dziekanski's mother:
Walter Kosteckyj, Cisowski's lawyer, has said a Border Service agent told his client around 10 p.m. on Oct. 13 that there was no record of any Polish immigrant at the airport and that she should go home.
National Post on a well attended protest on Saturday outside the Vancouver Art Gallery:
Ms. Lukasiewicz [one of the organizers for Saturday's protest] ... said the protest was "just the tip of the iceberg" and the public is demanding change in police training and airport services.
I hope that Dziekanski's (preventable) death results in a number of changes to the way that government deals with immigrants (a vulnerable group) and individuals in general. One would hope that this tragedy will result in increased respect and courtesty to individuals and results in greater transparency and accountability for those that deal in enforcing the country's laws.
Globe and Mail article on the Mountie's logical decision to restrict taser use (or more correctly, a conducted energy weapon):
... that the stun guns can only be employed on people displaying "combative behaviours" or actively resisting officers.
The use of the Taser (an offensive weapon with the very real possibility of death or serious injury) should be the last resort of enforcement. However, there is much at stake, for the interests of the manufacturer, RCMP, government may not be in concert with the best interests of the public.
...the U.S. company that makes the devices hired a well connected lobbyist who is a former policy adviser to Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day and Prime Minister Stephen Harper.