Mountie who fired
taser at Dziekanski
sues CBC for libel
Constable Kwesi Millington asks for damages
and says the networks publications and broadcasts
have defamed him
Globe and Mail, Nov. 3, 2009
RCMP Constable Kwesi Millington is seen on a television
holding up the stapler Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski was holding
the night he died, while testifying at the Braidwood inquiry
into Dziekanskis death in Vancouver, March 2, 2009.
Photo: Canadian Press
Vancouver The Canadian Press
The RCMP officer who fired his taser at Robert Dziekanski at Vancouvers airport the night the Polish immigrant died has filed a libel lawsuit against the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
In a writ of summons filed in B.C. Supreme Court, Constable Kwesi Millington asks for damages from the CBC and claims the networks publications and broadcasts have defamed him.
Constable Millington was one of four officers who confronted Mr. Dziekanski at the airport in October, 2007, and he fired his taser within seconds of arriving on the scene.
The incident gained worldwide attention after amateur video of the altercation was released, which appeared to contradict official accounts from the RCMP.
In the writ, which doesnt specify what the CBC published or broadcast that was defamatory, Constable Millington says his reputation has been seriously injured, he has suffered embarrassment and distress, and has been brought into public ridicule.
The writ contains allegations that havent been proven in court and the CBC could not immediately be reached for comment.
A public inquiry examining Mr. Dziekanskis death wrapped up last month.
Trigger-man Kwesi Millington and the rest of the gang
face watered-down charges for Robert Dziekanskis death
By the time Kwesi Killer Millington shows up in court
hell have benefited from six years of lies, delays, cover-ups,
delays, special treatment, delays, watered-down charges,
delays, delays and more delays
Killer Kwesi Millington found guilty
It took seven years but one member of the RCMP’s Robert Dziekanski
death squad has finally been convicted—of perjury, however, not manslaughter.
Even for that we should be relieved that Millington’s staunchest supporter,
B.C. police complaint commissioner Stan Lowe, had no part in the decision. More…