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RCMP watchdog slams officers who tasered Dziekanski

The country's RCMP watchdog slammed the conduct of the four officers involved in the 2007 death of Robert Dziekanski in his report on the incident Oct. 14, 2007.

In his report, Paul Kennedy, the chair of the Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP, said not enough was done on the officers' part before they used a Taser multiple times on the Polish immigrant.

Kennedy found that the officers "failed to adopt a measured, coordinated and appropriate response," made "no meaningful attempt to de-escalate the situation," used the Taser in a "premature and inappropriate" manner.

Overall, Kennedy made 23 findings and 16 recommendations in the report after a two-year investigation.

Kennedy's report is one of the most scathing to be issued against the RCMP.

BC Civil Liberties executive director says the comments are a sign that Kennedy, who has not has his contract renewed, is just as frustrated as the public.

"Perhaps like the rest of us, he's reached the end of the rope in hoping for RCMP accountability," Eby said.

During his press conference, Kennedy provided media with a letter from RCMP brass asking him to delay the release of the report to the public.

They recommended Kennedy hold off until the Braidwood Inquiry report is released later this year, even though the RCMP are trying to argue in court that Braidwood has no jurisdiction over their operations.

It's all left a bitter taste in the outgoing chair's mouth.

"This commission decides what is released to the public," Kennedy said. "In terms of the issues raised, there is no reason for delay. The indicate they need more time to study, I find that hard to believe."

Asked if the RCMP will simply ignore his report until he leaves his post, Kennedy said he won't let the issue die.

"I'm not falling off the face of the earth," he said. "In the New Year, I'll be here and I'll be outspoken."

Matt Kieltyka reports for 24 Hours Vancouver.

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