Sheila Lemaitre says her husband was used as scapegoat by Mounties after death of Polish immigrant at Vancouver airport in 2007
KEITH ANDERSON / THE CANADIAN PRESS
VANCOUVER — The wife of an RCMP officer who killed himself two years ago claims that her husband was used by the Mounties as a scapegoat in the death of Robert Dziekanski at Vancouver’s airport in October 2007.
In a statement of claim filed in B.C. Supreme Court, Sheila Lemaitre said her husband, Pierre, was told he would lose his job if he tried to correct misinformation given to the media about the night Dziekanski died.
The sergeant was the media relations officer who released information about the incident where the Polish immigrant was jolted with a police Taser and died on the floor of the arrivals area.
The lawsuit claimed Lemaitre wanted to correct the information, but was ordered not to say anything.
“As a result of this incorrect information, his immediate removal as RCMP spokesman, the subsequent public release of the private video . . . he was brought into public contempt where he was accused in the public of being the ‘RCMP liar’ and/or the RCMP spin doctor,” the statement said.
The bystander video released after the Dziekanski confrontation with police was much different that the original version of events given to media by RCMP.
In fact, the four officers involved were later charged with perjury for testimony they gave at the public inquiry looking into the death.
The officers were all tried separately and two were convicted, while two were acquitted.