Media Advisory - Chair-Initiated Complaint - In-custody death of Robert DZIEKANSKI - Vancouver, British Columbia - November 8, 2007

    VANCOUVER, Nov. 8 /CNW Telbec/ - Paul E. Kennedy, Chair of the Commission
for Public Complaints Against the RCMP (CPC), the federal agency that provides
independent civilian review of RCMP members' conduct in performing their
policing duties, has initiated a complaint into the conduct of RCMP members
present at, or engaged in, the arrest of Robert Dziekanski at the Vancouver
International Airport on October 14, 2007, and the adequacy of the subsequent
criminal investigation, pursuant to subsection 45.37(1) of the RCMP Act.
    In his complaint, Mr. Kennedy indicates that given the ongoing
expressions of public concern as they relate to (1) the degree and type of
force required by police officers when effecting an arrest and, as in this
case, the specific concerns raised in respect of the use of a conducted energy
weapon (Taser); and (2) the propriety of the police investigating the police,
he is satisfied that there are reasonable grounds to investigate the conduct
of all RCMP members involved in this incident and the adequacy of the
investigation conducted by the team tasked with the subsequent investigation.
In addition, he will be assessing RCMP policy, procedures, directives and
guidelines as they relate to the deployment of the conducted energy weapons
and the handling of persons who cannot communicate in either of Canada's
official languages.
    The complaint can be found on the CPC website at

For further information:

For further information: Nelson Kalil, Manager, Communications, (613)

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