Jim Morris (24 hours) – The mother of Robert Dziekanski can take some solace her son’s death five years ago Sunday has reduced Taser use in B.C. and stopped police investigating themselves.
But Zofia Cisowski still grieves over her son dying after being stunned repeatedly by an RCMP Taser at the Vancouver International Airport on Oct. 14, 2007, her lawyer says.
“She still lives every day with the thought of what should have been, what could have been,” said Walter Kosteckyj, who represented Cisowski at the public inquiry into the death.
“Her life has been changed forever as a consequence of this tragic set of circumstances.”
Cisowski is frustrated the four officers involved in Dziekanski’s death are still waiting trial on perjury charges.
Three “are still on the RCMP payroll as far as she knows and have suffered no real consequences,” said Kosteckyj.
A recent government report found Taser use by police in B.C. is down 87%.
“There definitely has been a change in training, a change in perception and a change in attitudes with the Taser,” Kosteckyj said.
More important is the provincial Independent Investigations Office formed to investigate police incidents involving death or serious injury, he said.
“The police are no longer investigating themselves.”