Thursday, March 26, 2009

The Braidwood Chronicles: the Fourth Horseman returns to duty

Corporal Benjamin Robinson's sorry three days of flailing falsehoods
at the Braidwood Inquiry concluded yesterday, completing the testimony from all four officers involved in the Robert Dziekanski death. Today a paramedic, Allan Maciak, whose first aid training actually allows him to tell the difference between bruising and cyanosis, testified that police told him Robert Dziekanski had been Tasered once. Or three times. But who's counting?

No matter. Poor Robert Dziekanski was dead when he arrived.

Meanwhile, the RCMP has had the obscene effrontery, the barefaced arrogance that has become its chief characteristic as it continues to morph from icon to pariah, to ease restrictions on Taser use, permitting officers to deliver multiple jolts and doing away with the preliminary warning that was, until last month, official policy. Given that Dziekanski was repeatedly shocked without warning in the Fall of 2007, I wonder if the RCMP brass imagines that this policy change is retroactive?

At this point, nothing would surprise me.

[H/t Boris at Galloping Beaver]

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