The testimony of three senior Mounties accomplished little yesterday to clear up an apparent contradiction between an internal RCMP email and what the four officers who stunned Robert Dziekanski with a Taser at Vancouver’s airport told a public inquiry.
The inquiry into Dziekanski’s death in October 2007 was brought to a halt in June after the email surfaced, with Commissioner Thomas Braidwood ordering a three-month break to investigate its contents.
At issue is an email dated Nov. 5, 2007, from Chief Supt. Dick Bent to his superior that suggested the four Mounties talked about using a Taser.
Yesterday, Bent stood by that email.
“Are you confident you did your best to record accurately what you were told by Supt.
Rideout?” asked inquiry lawyer Art Vertlieb.
“Yes, certainly, these are serious matters we don’t take lightly, so I would have done it to the best of my ability, yes,” said Bent.
Still, Bent acknowledged there have been no other references to the officers forming a plan, even after the RCMP turned over 18,000 additional documents during the summer.