This past Friday, June 18th saw the release of a long awaited report by Former Justice Thomas Braidwood regarding the death of Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski at the hands of the RCMP.
The report stated that the RCMP were not justified in using a taser against Robert Dziekanski and that the officers later deliberately misrepresented their actions to investigators.
Mr. Braidwood said, “this tragic case is, at its heart, the story of shameful conduct by a few officers.”
To many of us, this is not a big surprise. Robert’s mother Zofia Cisowski put the blame squarely on the RCMP from the very beginning. She told the CBC News:
“That was torture. That was execution, because nobody helped him. He shouldn’t [have] died on the floor…”
When the incident originally happened Canadians across the country were dismayed by the brutal actions of the RCMP. And in fact, the incident garnered worldwide media attention.
But so far, no officers have ever been charged in Robert’s death and Mr. Braidwood said that any decision to lay charges rests entirely in the hands of the federal government.
So, has justice been served OR…