On Friday June 24, 2015, Benjamin “Monty” Robinson (RCMP) was sentenced to two years in prison plus probation and 240 hours of community service for perjury. Eight years earlier, on October 14, 2007, then-corporal Robinson along with three other RCMP officers, Constables Gerry Rundel, Bill Bently, and Kwesi Millington, killed Polish traveler Robert Dziekański at Vancouver International Airport (YVR). The unarmed Dziekański had been tasered five times by the officers who also deployed batons and pinned the man to the ground and handcuffed him as he was dying. Robinson, the senior officer in charge during the Dziekański killing, had been convicted of lying to an inquiry examining the events of the killing. A BC Supreme Court judge found Robinson guilty of perjury in June of 2015, ruling that he colluded with the four fellow officers to make up testimony that they presented at the inquiry into Dziekanski’s death.
Immediately following their killing of Dziekański, RCMP made a series of false public statements. They told a story apparently designed to denigrate Dziekański in the public eye and initially claimed he threw things and screamed and yelled after police arrived. It was also suggested that Dziekański was intoxicated. Police also claimed only three officers attended the scene. All of this was contradicted when a bystander video taken by traveler Paul Pritchard came forward. The video showed, contrary to police, that the taser was not used as a last resort but was deployed almost immediately. Police took Pritchard’s video and refused to return it until he brought forward a lawsuit for its return.
Notably, Monty Robinson was also convicted of obstruction of justice in a separate trial after the vehicle he was driving hit and killed a young motorcyclist, Orion Hutchinson (21), in October 2008. In that case Robinson apparently used knowledge gained as a police officer in order to cover up the fact that he had been driving after consuming alcohol. After hitting and killing Robinson left the scene, went home and drank two shots of vodka which he had learned could cover up the fact he had been drinking earlier. Incredibly, Robinson received no jail time in that case, being sentenced to one month of house arrest. Hutchinson’s mother claimed the sentence seemed only like Robinson was being grounded.