Feds, province settle lawsuit with former Mountie involved in Dziekanski death

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — The federal and provincial governments have settled a lawsuit with a former Mountie involved in the death of Robert Dziekanski at YVR in 2007.

This after he claimed negligence in the case he brought against our country’s attorney general and B.C. in 2019, after serving time for a perjury conviction connected to the inquiry into Dziekanski’s death.

In his lawsuit, Kwesi Millington claimed the RCMP defamed him publicly, arguing that the actions he took at the airport that day when he used a taser on Dziekanski had been found to be in line with his police training.

The federal attorney general & province have settled lawsuit filed against them by a former Mountie convicted of perjury at the inquiry into the death of Robert Dziekanski. Listen @NEWS1130 as we hear from Kwesi Millington’s lawyer, who calls this the end of a tumultuous journey.

— Martin MacMahon (@martinmacmahon) January 14, 2021

In his claim, Millington said that the RCMP’s conduct brought him personal injury and damage including post-traumatic stress, depression and anxiety.

“For Kwesi, it’s the end of a tumultuous journey in his life,” said his lawyer Sebastien Anderson. “I’m sure he’s glad to have closed this chapter. It started with the unfortunate death of Robert Dziekanski, and then resulted in not being supported by the RCMP, notwithstanding that two internal inquiries cleared them.

“Then, the Braidwood inquiry resulted in the perjury charges against all four officers that were involved, and the two white officers were acquitted, and the two officers who were people of colour were convicted of perjury, sentenced to jail, and in Kwesi’s case, that meant two months in solitary confinement.”

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As part of the settlement, the RCMP will give Millington a letter to support an application for a pardon.

“In terms of the officers, they paid a heavy price for doing their jobs,” said Anderson. “There were two internal reports prepared by the RCMP that indicated that at all times they had performed their duties in accordance with the RCMP’s training at that time.”

Anderson said he could not provide details on the settlement itself due to a confidentiality clause.

Millington is now trying to move on, and has become a resilience coach, to as Anderson puts it, “help others who have gone through a traumatic experience like he has.”