RCMP widow says hus­band was made a ‘scape­goat’ in Dziekan­ski death

Cape Breton Post - - CANADA -

VAN­COU­VER — The wife of an RCMP of­fi­cer who killed him­self two years ago claims that her hus­band was used by the Moun­ties a scape­goat in the death of Robert Dziekan­ski at Van­cou­ver’s air­port in Oc­to­ber 2007. In a state­ment of claim filed in B.C. Supreme Court, Sheila Le­maitre says her hus­band, Pierre, was told he would lose his job if he tried to cor­rect mis­in­for­ma­tion given to the media about the night Dziekan­ski died. The sergeant was the media re­la­tions of­fi­cer who re­leased in­for­ma­tion about the in­ci­dent where the Pol­ish im­mi­grant was jolted with a po­lice Taser and died on the floor of the ar­rivals area. The law­suit claims Le­maitre wanted to cor­rect the in­for­ma­tion, but was or­dered not to and as a re­sult was ac­cused by the public as be­ing the “RCMP liar” and the “RCMP spin doc­tor.” The state­ment says the RCMP knew Le­maitre was un­der ex­treme psy­cho­log­i­cal dis­tress caused by the neg­li­gence of the force and that it could re­sult in his be­com­ing sui­ci­dal. None of the al­le­ga­tions have been proven in court, and no spe­cific dol­lar fig­ure is men­tioned in the law­suit.

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