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Officer did her job in handling Dziekanski case, inquiry hears

A border officer who was at the Vancouver International Airport the day Robert Dziekanski died said Thursday she did her job and that she wouldn’t have done anything differently.

A border officer who was at the Vancouver International Airport the day Robert Dziekanski died said Thursday she did her job and that she wouldn’t have done anything differently.

Tina Zadravec — in a tearful testimony — told the Braidwood Inquiry into the death that she did answer a call from a friend of Dziekanski’s mother, Zofia Cisowski, on Oct. 13, 2007.

She suggested to Rick Hutchinson that Dziekanski wasn’t at the airport based on a quick scan of several spots in a secondary screening area and that he and Cisowski should go home to Kamloops, CBC News Online reports.

Later that day, Zadravec did see Dziekanski and alerted a co-worker but did not contact Cisowski or ask other officers to do so.

When lawyers for the RCMP asked Zadravec about her December 2007 statement where she said Dziekanski appeared drunk, his mother yelled out, “Liar!” Autopsy results showed Dziekanski was sober and not on drugs at the time of the incident.

After spending several hours looking for his mother, the Polish immigrant became agitated.

Four RCMP officers responded and Tasered him multiple times. Dziekanski died shortly after.

 
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