An officer acquitted of a perjury charge linked to the death of a Polish immigrant at Vancouver’s airport has settled a lawsuit against the RCMP that alleged negligence and harassment.
Const. Bill Bentley was one of four officers who confronted Robert Dziekanski at the airport in October 2007, when the man was stunned with a Taser and died.
Const. Bentley filed a notice of civil claim in B.C. Supreme Court in June 2016 alleging the RCMP mismanaged information in the case and made Const. Bentley a “scapegoat” for public criticism.
In its response to the civil claim, the RCMP denied that it misled the public or did anything to make Const. Bentley a scapegoat, saying it had no control over how the news media reported on the case.
An assistant to Const. Bentley’s lawyer confirmed Wednesday the case had been settled but declined to provide further information, and the RCMP did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Const. Bentley was accused of giving false testimony to a public inquiry but was acquitted in 2013, and a bid by prosecutors to overturn the verdict was tossed out in 2015.