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Mounties' unseemly effort to muzzle public inquiry dismissed

Discredited RCMP officers in Taser inquiry will likely appeal decision: They have nothing left to lose

By Ian Mulgrew, Vancouver sunJune 16, 2009

The unseemly 11th-hour attempt by four Mounties to muzzle the public inquiry into the Taser-related death of Robert Dziekanski thankfully was quashed by the B.C. Supreme Court.

Justice Arne Silverman dismissed their claims that commissioner Thomas Braidwood had treated them unfairly, had strayed too far from his original mandate, had trespassed on federal jurisdiction and had no power to cast blame.

"In my view, [the four RCMP officers] are wrong," he said bluntly in an hour-long oral ruling Monday.

Before a courtroom full of journalists and spectators, Justice Silverman flatly rejected arguments that Braidwood had trodden on Ottawa's constitutional authority for the Criminal Code and its responsibility for managing a federal agency.

He said Braidwood, a former B.C. Court of Appeal judge, had dealt with the RCMP members not only in a fair and reasonable manner, but also in a way that was legally correct.

Everyone who has attended the inquiry could attest to that. Braidwood has been scrupulously patient, careful and unbiased.

This last-ditch attempt to gag him was an embarrassing affront to a respected retired jurist and to Dziekanski's grieving mother Zofia Cisowski, who has waited almost two years to learn why her son died.

Const. Gerry Rundel, Const. Bill Bentley, Const. Kwesi Millington and Cpl. Monty Robinson petitioned Silverman to overturn two of Braidwood's recent decisions -- the first, to send them notices saying he "may" find they committed misconduct and, the second, refusing to provide specific details of that misconduct.

The Mounties argued the allegations in the notices were tantamount to criminal charges of assault with a weapon, obstruction of justice and perjury and beyond Braidwood's terms of reference.

But Justice Silverman disagreed and said their conduct was vital to understanding what happened Oct. 14, 2007 at Vancouver International Airport.

He noted the B.C. Public Inquiry Act specifically empowered a commissioner to make findings of misconduct in appropriate situations.

He added that Braidwood was acting properly.

Art Vertlieb, counsel for the commission, welcomed the ruling.

"This means the commissioner can continue with the important work he is doing," he said. "We'll be ready to go Friday [with final submissions]."

Silverman's decision was straightforward and full of common sense.

Everyone knew Braidwood's final report might parse responsibility and be critical of certain individuals and organizations that had contact with Dziekanski during the roughly 10 hours he spent in the airport.

For the four Mounties to claim he caught them by surprise with the notices of misconduct was ridiculous. They should have stood up at the beginning if they had concerns about the inquiry's scope.

Yet their growing concern about Braidwood's report is understandable.

Crown counsel last December decided not to criminally charge the officers who Tasered the Polish immigrant five times and physically restrained him.......

Further here:

http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Mounties+...0670/story.html

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This madness has to be stopped!!!

370+ human beings have already been killed by police tasers in North America, and many more have been incapacitated for life.

I wouldn't even bother petitioning the government,it's a waste of time.EXPOSE IT...name and shame them,but don't trouble yourself with niceties like signing your name on a bit of paper that will only get thrown in the bin.

If the rank and file officers knew the full extent of what they are being asked to implement,they would stop immediately.

It's only because of the compartmentalisation of information(need to know basis),that they don't ,and enforce what is dictated from on high out of ignorance.

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I wouldn't even bother petitioning the government,it's a waste of time.EXPOSE IT...name and shame them,but don't trouble yourself with niceties like signing your name on a bit of paper that will only get thrown in the bin.

If the rank and file officers knew the full extent of what they are being asked to implement,they would stop immediately.

It's only because of the compartmentalisation of information(need to know basis),that they don't ,and enforce what is dictated from on high out of ignorance.

Actually, the most popular petition, with 65,000 signatures, asks Gordon Brown to resign; and we all know that's not going to happen.

But if the cause is just, I prefer to have signed and get my voice heard (even if it ends in the bin), than do nothing against atrocious decisions like this one.

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