Did you see the footage showing RCMP officers in the Vancouver airport using stun guns to shoot an unarmed Polish immigrant who then collapsed and died?
The video – broadcast repeatedly on Canadian and U.S. television networks – showed Mr. F. Dziekanski, a 40 old immigrant who had come to Vancounver to be met by his mother, shrieking in agony after he was hit by 50,000-volt blasts fired by the police. After he was stunned and had fallen to the ground, at least three policemen could be seen kneeling on the man. It is reported the RCMP did everything possible to suppress the video.
The video also shows the man, who did not speak English and could not find his mother, gesticulating, waving a chair, sweating, upset and obviously confused.
The Polish ambassador to Canada was shocked by the reaction of the RCMP: “What I’ve seen was that Mr. Dziekanski (was) a person agitated, frustrated, I think terrified, but not aggressive.” Bystanders in the airport say the man was not a threat.
Judging by the response on radio talk shows today Canadians are outraged by what happened to this confused and helpless man. Imagine anyone anywhere in the world who has a plane ticket to Vancouver. How would they feel?
Surely this is a blot on Canada’s international reputation. The RCMP say they are investigating. Not good enough. The government announced today they will launch an inquiry into the use of tasers. About time.
Were you as horrified as I was by this dreadful video?
Do you think tasers should be banned?