11.15.2007

now we know: it was murder

The video of the taser death of Robert Dziekanski was released yesterday. I'm not going to post a human being's murder on my blog. It's all over the internet if you want to see it.

This is deeply shameful. And there's no getting it out of it this time: the RCMP did this. They must answer for it.

This morning we are waiting for big war resister news. More soon.

5 comments:

loneprimate said...

I haven't seen it yet, but I mean to. Not out of prurient interest, honestly, because it does frighten me, but because the four frames the Globe and Mail showed on their front page strongly suggests Robert Dziekanski was calmed down when the police tasered him... which isn't the way I came to understand it. I suppose I want it to make sense, like, he lunged, or he made a sudden move, or something. Not to justify it so much as understand. But I'm really getting the feeling the cops are using the thing to brutalize people needlessly because they believe there are no ramifications, so they feel they have a safe conduit for their frustration and aggression in the taser.

L-girl said...

Robert Dziekanski was calmed down when the police tasered him

That's been clear for a while.

I blogged about it here, here, here and here.

Ferdzy said...

I haven't watched the video, and I admit I would rather not. Although I do think it should be out there.

I have no trouble believing the police acted inappropriately. There is a long, long, sad history of Canadian police acting as thugs and torturers that has mostly been regarded with complacency by Canadians because usually they have enough sense to take their agressions out on "not-nice people". The police force in Tillsonburg was "famous" during the 1970's for its brutality, a little later Toronto had Cherry Beach (question: is it still the spot of choice for a little cop on hapless baddy action, or has it moved?) and then there was the Toronto robbery squad who were into waterboarding people long before it became so trendy in the U.S. Not being from Quebec I know less about the Sureté, but they too have a bad, bad, bad reputation.

I can say, and I was involved in some of them, that every civilian attempt to get some accountablility from police forces in Canada has been thoroughly stymied for at least 30 years and presumably longer. What's new are the toys where the cops don't know the limitations yet, and also the possiblity of being filmed when in public.

And by the way, is Paul Pritchard really only 15? Wow. I respected him before but now I am just amazed. His actions took some steady nerve.

Ben said...

Apparently 18 people have died in the last 5 years in Canada from tasers. I had no idea it was so high, considering the 'non lethal deterrent' they are popularly known for. Perhaps this is the problem, and their use should be reevaluated with the same guidelines as any other firearm.

L-girl said...

I haven't watched the video, and I admit I would rather not. Although I do think it should be out there.

I agree on both.

Thanks for your comment, Ferdzy. This is one of Canada's dirty little secrets.

Pritchard is a real hero in this horror.

their use should be reevaluated with the same guidelines as any other firearm.

For sure.