Tasered to Death by the RCMP! - The Story of Robert Dziekanski
Roughly 10 hours later, he lay dead on the floor of the airport lounge.
What happened during that fateful 10 hour period?
Initial reports would reveal that Mr. Dziekanski had died of massive heart failure after being tasered and then restrained by the RCMP who were called in to investigate a disturbance at the airport.
Witnesses on the scene claimed that the RCMP had over-reacted to the threat posed by Mr. Dziekanski and that tasering him was not really necessary.
Paul Pritchard, waiting for his bus back to Vancouver was also in that airport lounge that day and after viewing this agitated, disconsolate, confused man yelling in a foreign language and throwing furniture around, decided to turn his camera to video mode and begin to record.
Through the plane-glasss window that separated the international arrivals lounge from the secure area outside the Canada Customs exit, Pritchard's camera captured the entire event.
The camera and the 10 minute video file was later confiscated by the RCMP with a promise that it would be returned back to Pritchard within 48 hours.
When he was informed by the RCMP the next day that he would not be getting his camera back, Pritchard had a sneaking suspicion that something was up.
He hired a lawyer.
The lawyer informed the media and the RCMP quickly responded with a confirmation that Mr. Pritchard would receive his camera back (video intact) within a couple of weeks.
The video was finally released yesterday.