In the moments before police arrived, Sima Ashrafinia tried to calm down a visibly agitated Robert Dziekanski. She walked toward him, holding out her hand. She asked his name in four languages: English, Italian, Farsi and Turkish. She said, "No," when he attempted to throw furniture.
"All he needed was a translator ... He wasn't a threat to anybody," Ms. Ashrafinia, 50, said from her home in North Vancouver, a day after video footage of the incident was released.
Police felt differently. Within minutes of RCMP officers arriving at Vancouver's International Airport, Mr. Dziekanski was zapped by a taser and on the floor screaming and writhing in pain
Friday, November 16, 2007
Our mothers have more spine than our uniformed finest