I live in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, the city where Robert Dziekanski, the Polish immigrant who had only been in Canada for 10 hours, was executed by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) at the Vancouver International Airport on 14 October 2007.
Some have argued that it is inappropriate for me to use the phrase ‘State execution’ when discussing this issue, I, however, believe that it is the only appropriate phrase to use. How else could you explain the charges against the four Richmond Mounties being dropped?
On October 14, the RCMP tasered Robert Dziekanski five times, decreased his ability to breathe due to an officer kneeling on him, filed conflicting reports with that of the Richmond BC fire department as to the exact time of his death, lied about the incident (see second and third videos below), and the officers refused to remove Dziekanski’s handcuffs when the fire department crew initiated a medical assessment.
Contrary to how the mainstream media spins this story, what happened to Robert Dziekanski is not just about the dangers of Tasers, which the UN's Committee against Torture classifies as a form of torture, it is about Canada turning into a Police State. It is about how our society trains our law enforcement officers and why they should be held accountable for their actions.
Since this ruling affects everyone in Canada, I will be writing about the implications of this incident further in the future. For now, I thought it would be appropriate to provide the video of the execution and some news and interviews following the incident. Maybe by watching this State approved public execution, we will feel obligated to force our governments to ban the use of Tasers and prosecute those who have used them indiscreetly.
Killing Robert Dziekanski (10:00) – WARNING: You are about to watch an execution
Robert Dziekanski Video shows a man who Tasered at airport cnn (8:20)
Robert Dziekanski Taser Incident - Adam Padzik (12:39)
Some final words:
Last year I posted the following story: ‘The difference between Animals and Monsters’. In this post, I told of a dear friend, who is working on a book about the Holocaust, trying to explain to me the difference between animals and monsters. Specifically, how it is possible that members of a species can be allowed to perform atrocious acts on certain segments of their populace, while those that they govern turn a blind eye to what is happening.
He told me that it is inaccurate to compare such beings to animals. Animals do not take pleasure in torturing and killing their own kind, or members of any other species for that matter. Animals kill out of immediate fear or necessity. And when the deed is done they continue on with their existence without seeking vengeance with indignation.
I listened, agreed, and tried to envision and understand his words. However, I did not fully grasp what was being said until some time later. Until I came across two videos that made me understand what my friend was so patiently trying to explain to me.
These videos convey the difference between animals and monsters better then any words could ever accomplish. It was after watching these two videos in there entirety, that I fully understood what my dear friend meant by stating ‘that beings who commit such horrendous acts as witnessed during World War II should not be referred to as animals. It is an insult to the Animal Kingdom to categorize them as anything other then Monsters.’
I have linked the videos below:
Animals: Battle at Kruger
Monsters: UCLA Police Taser Student in Powell