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Inquiry hears Dziekanski translation

Video footage of YVR’s international meet-and-greet area, taken at the time of Robert Dzie­kanski’s death, pro­vides almost no sign of the chaos going on behind the glass partition where the Polish immigrant died.

Video footage of YVR’s international meet-and-greet area, taken at the time of Robert Dzie­kanski’s death, pro­vides almost no sign of the chaos going on behind the glass partition where the Polish immigrant died.

The grainy surveillance footage was played yesterday at the Braidwood inquiry into Dziekanski’s death.
It showed a predomin­antly quiet section of the arrivals lounge from 1 a.m. to 2 a.m., while RCMP officers, paramedics and firefighters struggled behind a frosted glass door to revive Dzie­kanski after he was Taser­ed by police.

The video shows Dzie­kan­ski was Tasered within one minute of the officers’ arrival, while Richmond Fire and Rescue arrived on the scene 13 minutes later.

The inquiry also listened to a translation of the audiotape recorded minutes before Dziekanski died.

Translator Kris Barski told the inquiry that Dziekanski, who only spoke Polish, swore, asked to be left
alone and wanted to know how long he would be waiting. Barski also said Dziekanski threatened to wreck the arrivals area.

 
 
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