Airport taser death inquiry postponed
VANCOUVER - The inquiry into the death of Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski at the Vancouver International Airport has been postponed for a second time while Crown lawyers consider the possibility of laying charges.
The Braidwood Inquiry was supposed to begin this month but was delayed until Nov. 12, and is now scheduled to begin Jan.19 in Vancouver.
Commission counsel Art Vertlieb says the delay is necessary because no decision has been made whether to lay charges against the RCMP officers involved in the Oct. 14, 2007 incident.
Vertlieb says the commission needs the co-operation of the RCMP and access to the Dziekanski case files for the inquiry, but that's unlikely to happen until a decision is made on charges.
Dziekanski wandered for hours at the Vancouver airport until police were called to deal with the agitated man.
He died on the floor of the airport after being hit with at least two jolts from a police Taser.