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Mountie not guilty of perjury in Polish immigrant Taser probe

VANCOUVER - An officer who was among the four Mounties at the Vancouver airport the night Robert Dziekanski died has been found not guilty of lying at a public inquiry into the Polish immigrant's death. Const. Bill Bentley bent over and cried into a tissue after the verdict. B.C. Supreme Court Justice Mark McEwan, who heard the case without a jury, said for a conviction, the Crown had to prove that Bentley knowingly made a false statement, but prosecutors failed to do that.

Perjury trial sees notorious video of Dziekanski's fatal Taser confrontation

VANCOUVER - One of the four RCMP officers involved in Robert Dziekanski's death sat in court Monday with his head bowed as his perjury trial watched the now-infamous video of the confrontation that left the Polish man dead. The amateur recording, released a month after Dziekanski was stunned with a Taser at Vancouver's airport in October 2007, fuelled a debate about Taser use and prompted a public inquiry in which the shaky video clip became a key piece of evidence.

Police statement would violate officer's rights at Taser perjury trial: lawyer

VANCOUVER - The rights of an RCMP officer involved in Robert Dziekanski's death would be violated if a statement he made to homicide investigators is admitted into his perjury trial, his lawyer argued Wednesday as she attempted to keep a key piece of the Crown's evidence out of the case. Const. Bill Bentley is accused of lying six times at the public inquiry that examined what happened when Dziekanski was stunned with a Taser at Vancouver's airport. Bentley was among four officers who confronted Dziekanski, and all four have been charged with perjury.

Dziekanski's death 'most traumatic' thing in officer's life: perjury trial

VANCOUVER - One of the four Mounties who confronted Robert Dziekanski the night the Polish immigrant was stunned with a Taser, leaving him to die on the floor of the Vancouver airport, says the fatal confrontation was "the most traumatic" thing that had ever happened to him. Const. Bill Bentley broke down in tears Monday as he described what happened in the hours after Dziekanski died — part of a pre-trial hearing to determine what evidence should be admitted at his trial for perjury. He is accused of lying at a public inquiry.

Officer connected to Dziekanski Taser case to stand trial for perjury at inquiry

VANCOUVER - The first of four RCMP officers involved in the death of Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski, who died after he was stunned with a Taser at Vancouver's airport, stands trial beginning Monday on charges of perjury related to a public inquiry into the case. Const. Bill Bentley was among four officers who confronted Dziekanski in October 2007, stunning him multiple times with a Taser within seconds of arriving to a call about a man throwing furniture. Dziekanski died on the airport floor.
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