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Mountie’s first-aid training expired

The Mountie who monitored Robert Dziekanski’s condition after being Tasered was not qualified to administer first aid.

The Mountie who monitored Robert Dziekanski’s condition after being Tasered was not qualified to administer first aid.

RCMP Cpl. Benjamin (Monty) Robinson said his first-aid training certificate expired in 2002, but still felt confident in his skills.

“I checked his pulse and his breathing,” Robinson said. “I monitored him until the firefighters arrived.”

Walter Kosteckyj, the lawyer representing Dzie-kanski’s mother, suggested Robinson did not check anything.

“Sir, you were not monitoring Mr. Dziekanski, were you,” Kosteckyj said.

“I was monitoring,” Robinson replied.

Kosteckyj also said the officers entered “like a SWAT team” and went on to cite several discrepancies between Robinson’s original statements and video of the incident.

In his original statement, Robinson said he had his knee on Dziekanski’s back, holding him down. The video does not show this.

“Does it appear to be that your knee is by the back of his head and neck area,” Kosteckyj asked.

“Yes,” Robinson said.

“Are you prepared to admit now that the four of you panicked that night,” Kosteckyj said.

“No, we didn’t,” Robinson said.

 
 
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