Tribute and tears for Polish taser victim
Many of the people at Saturday's Kamloops, B.C. memorial for Robert Dziekanski never got the chance to meet him - but all of them know who he was.
The 40 year-old Polish man was about to start a new life in Canada with his mother Zofia in B.C.'s Interior.
"Canada is so beautiful," Zofia says. "He knows about because he study... he know everything."
But that dream was dashed last October 14, when a distraught Dziekanski was tasered by police at Vancouver International Airport -- and died.
At today's memorial, the priest told mourners they should focus on the future.
"Our prayer today is that clear common sense and rational approach prevail," he told the congregation. "That if we're going to give these kinds of weapons to police, that they know what's going to happen when they use them."
Dizekanski's death sparked several investigations, including a provincial inquiry which is scheduled to start up again next month. The first half examined Taser use, the second will look into Dziekanski's last hours.
But the RCMP says it can't take part until after the Crown decides whether charges will be laid against the officers involved.
"We wait for that public inquiry," says Zofia. "I would like to see RCMP in public inquiry"
Zofia wants answers, but she also wants action regarding Taser use.
"Too many people dead. I'm more and more angry about," she says.
Zofia is disappointed the conducted energy weapons are still being used in Canada. Only a few police forces have decided to shelve their tasers for the time being.
Part of Dziekanski will always be in Canada. Half of his ashes are buried in Kamloops. His mother hopes his final legacy to the country he loved will be change.
"I would like for people to remember him and what happened," says Zofia.
With a report from CTV British Columbia's Maria Weisgarber