No more delays in Taser inquiry: Commissioner
The chair of the Braidwood commission says the inquiry into the death of Robert Dziekanski will not be postponed again.
The commission, which is set to start proceedings on Jan. 19, 2009, was established by the B.C. government to look into the circumstances around the death of Dziekanski at the Vancouver airport last year.
An agitated Dziekanski wandered for hours after his arrival from Poland until police were called in. He died on the floor of the airport after being hit with at least two jolts from a police Taser.
A statement from inquiry commissioner Thomas Braidwood says subpoenas will be issued to the officers present at the October 2007 incident if Crown counsel has not made a decision on charges by the time the inquiry resumes.
The inquiry has been postponed twice this year while the Crown decides whether to lay charges against any of the officers.
Commission counsel Art Vertlieb says no further delays can be tolerated and a decision has been made to get on with determining what happened the night Dziekanski died.
Braidwood's release also says it is essential that the RCMP have a full opportunity to explain what happened at the airport, and that the explanation should come as soon as possible.