[quote]"The four RCMP officers who confronted Polish traveller Robert Dziekanski at Vancouver International Airport in 2007 had conspired, in a “self-serving collaboration,” to “fabricate an untruthful version of events,” the lawyer alleged.
They covered up and lied, claimed Mr. Rosenbloom, appearing at the inquiry for the Government of the Republic of Poland. The four officers “misled” homicide investigators following the incident, he continued. They created an “almost identical and fictional account” of their ill-fated interaction with Mr. Dziekanski, who died during the encounter.
They “lied under oath” at this inquiry, claimed Mr. Rosenbloom, in “an intentional act to subvert the course of justice.”
Police conspiracy. Perjury. These are the boldest allegations heard to date at the inquiry called to examine events that led to Mr. Dziekanski’s death.[/quote]
Now a perfectly acceptable defence in court is “the RCMP officer is lying, your honour.” And you know what? He probably is. Once upon a time, if it was your word against an RCMP officer’s word in court, the default would be that the RCMP officer would be believed.
But now that we see how the entire force has gone to cover up and protect their own, I’d say it would be perfectly valid to turn this on its head. From now on, it will be assumed that the RCMP are lying, until proven otherwise.
I hope that the code all the RCMP guys are following is worth it – these 4 guys are worth more than the reputation of the entire force, I guess.
If these 4 guys weren’t RCMP officers, they’d have been split up immediately, and a deal offered to the first one to give a statement against the other 3. An hour, maybe two hours, and it would have been over.
Here we are years later, and we’re finding that the layers of coverup (and the coverup of the coverup) are so deep that it’s done irreparable damage to the RCMP’s reputation.
Next time a mountie gives evidence in court, the jury will have an automatic reasonable doubt.
Sadly, I’m sure that there are RCMP officers out there that still think it’s right to defend these 4 guys, even if it ultimately harms the entire force.