A Richmond firefighter described the actions of the RCMP officers who Tasered Robert Dziekanski as “unprofessional.”

Capt. Kirby Graeme told the Braidwood inquiry yesterday that he arrived at Vancouver International Airport to find the Polish immigrant lying facedown on the ground, handcuffed and unresponsive to any attempts of communication.

“You could see them just standing,” Graeme said of the RCMP officers who Tasered Dziekanski multiple times. “Same with the security people. Nobody seemed to be doing anything.”

When he asked that Dziekanski’s handcuffs be removed, Graeme said that one officer replied, “‘He’s been violent. I’m not going to take the cuffs off.’”

Walter Kosteckyj, the lawyer for Dziekanski's mother, asked if he thought the officers were “obstructing … efforts to be able to help this man.”

Graeme said, “Yes.”

He was later asked to describe the police response.

“I saw it being unprofessional,” Graeme said.

On Oct. 14, 2007, Dziekanski spent as many as 10 hours at YVR waiting for his mother. He eventually became agitated and was Tasered. His handcuffs were finally removed when paramedics arrived. Attempts to revive him failed.