Millington’s 30-month sentence was not for deploying a conducted energy weapon five times nor for failure to provide medical assistance to the unconscious and breathless Polish traveller. Instead it was for perjury after he fabricated testimony given at the Braidwood Inquiry investigating Dziekanski’s death.
Former police corporal Monty Robinson was similarly convicted in March but has not yet been sentenced for perjury. In July 2012, Robinson received a one year non-custodial term following conviction for obstructing an impaired driving investigation after killing a motorcyclist in a traffic collision.
Two other officers involved in the Dziekanski homicide escaped punishment. In July 2013, Cst. Bill Bentley was found not guilty of perjury and Cst. Gerry Rundel was acquitted in April of this year.
Dzienkanski’s death was an individual tragedy that exposed an inconsistent court system, which dealt differently with four men who acted together in killing another. The courts believed rationalizations of two white men but disbelieved the justifications offered by two non-white men. Was that unexpected? Not in a nation that incarcerates aboriginal men at 10 times the national rate.
In the earlier days of this website, I wrote extensively about the death of Robert Dziekanski and the efforts of senior RCMP managers to evade responsibility for the acts of their members. The killing was a result of poor training and faulty decisions made by four junior officers under stress.
The subsequent cover-up and defamation of a man who could no longer defend himself was a considered series of acts managed by the most senior officers of the RCMP. None of those individuals were punished at all; the worst were promoted and rewarded with medals.