Mountie who fired
taser at Dziekanski
sues CBC for libel

Constable Kwesi Millington asks for damages
and says the network’s 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 Dziekanski’s death in Vancouver, March 2, 2009.
Photo: Canadian Press


Vancouver — The Canadian Press

The RCMP officer who fired his taser at Robert Dziekanski at Vancouver’s 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 network’s 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 doesn’t 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 haven’t been proven in court and the CBC could not immediately be reached for comment.

A public inquiry examining Mr. Dziekanski’s death wrapped up last month.

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