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Mountie acquitted in Dziekanski case accuses RCMP of ‘coverup’

One of many RCMP officers who responded on the evening Robert Dziekanski was Tasered and died at Vancouver Worldwide Airport in 2007 has filed a grievance towards his supervisors and others, saying they interfered within the ensuing authorized processes.

Const. Gerry Rundel, who was acquitted of perjury for his testimony in regards to the Polish immigrant’s demise, filed the formal grievance to the Civilian Evaluation and Complaints Fee for the RCMP (CRCC), the physique in control of reviewing RCMP conduct.

“Rather than take responsibility for their flawed Taser training and policy, they chose to redirect the blame and assisted to fabricate a crime on four of their own officers,” Rundel mentioned about his superiors within the grievance.

“An ensuing coverup of failing to disclose documents and properly investigate my complaints over the years is concerning and more importantly unlawful.”

The CRCC acknowledged on Monday that it had acquired the grievance.

Rundel says he initially filed the grievance towards RCMP “brass and others” originally of May and, after listening to no response, requested an replace a month later.

The CRCC dates his grievance to June 5.

Mountie acquitted in Dziekanski case accuses RCMP of 'coverup' 1
Robert Dziekanski died after being shot a number of occasions with a Taser within the arrivals lounge of Vancouver Worldwide Airport. (Paul Pritchard)

Rundel was one 4 officers who responded to a name on Oct. 14, 2007, about Dziekanski, who had spent about eight hours caught in customs on the airport and had began behaving erratically.

He was approached by the officers, jolted by a Taser a number of occasions and collapsed. He subsequently died.

The incident was caught on video by a bystander.

‘Insurmountable’ damages

Rundel alleges in his grievance that previous and present members of the RCMP “interfered with a number of legal processes” since that day.

“The resulting damages that continue to this present day are insurmountable,” he wrote.

Rundel additionally filed a lawsuit in 2016 claiming the power’s actions have value him his profession and his well being. The opposite officers on the scene have filed comparable fits.

Solely certainly one of them, filed by former constable Invoice Bentley, has been settled thus far.

In accordance with the complaints course of, a copy of Rundel’s grievance to the CRCC will likely be despatched to the RCMP and an investigator assigned to look into it.

RCMP are required to replace the complainant of the investigation’s standing inside 45 days.

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