Tuesday, March 24, 2009

How Many 'Mistakes' Does A Conspiracy Make?



The fourth RCMP officer who helped kill an unarmed Robert Dziekanski in full view of witnessess and a cell phone camera at Vancouver's International Airport has spoken.

And it is interesting that he like the three officers before him now admits that there were 'mistakes' in his original (ie. pre-cell phone camera footage release) story.

Irwin Loy had a capsule report in today's Tyee. Here's a snippet:

....RCMP Cpl. Benjamin 'Monty' Robinson is the last of four officers involved, and the most senior, to testify before the Braidwood Commission.....


Even so, Robinson testified he ordered a subordinate to use his Taser after seeing Dziekanski grab a stapler.

Like his fellow officers, Robinson described Dziekanski's behaviour as aggressive and a possible danger to the public.

Also, like his fellow officers, Robinson admitted he made mistakes in his original statements taken shortly after the incident, in which he described having to "wrestle" Dziekanski to the ground and that the Polish immigrant was "swinging" the stapler wildly.

In fact, Dziekanski fell on his own power after he was jolted with a Taser weapon. And though Robinson used the word "swinging" 12 times in his statement, he admitted yesterday it was inaccurate.

"Just because I was mistaken doesn't mean I was lying," Robinson said.

Sure thing Corporal Robinson.

But what about the fact that you and your fellow officers all made essentially the same 'mistakes' in your original statements?

Does that mean anything?

And does it mean that anybody else helped, counselled, or even suggested, that you make those collective 'mistakes' when you weren't collectively 'lying'?

And if such a group decision was made to make collective 'mistakes' that were not 'lying', wouldn't that suggest something else?

Something else called conspiracy?


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