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Blamed and Broken: The Mounties and the Death of Robert Dziekanski

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A few fleeting seconds, captured on video, led to a frustrating search for justice tainted by ego, bias, and a desire for vengeance.



Images of Robert Dziekanski convulsing after being shocked by a Mountie’s Taser went viral in 2007. International outrage and domestic shame followed the release of that painful video. It had taken just twenty-six seconds for four Mounties to
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Paperback, 360 pages
Published January 12th 2019 by Dundurn
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Valerity (Val)
This is a well-researched book that takes a look into a situation a while back in Canada where, after a series of mishaps a man got lost in an airport while trying to immigrate into Canada, it went on an excessively long time and no one understood his language and he had a meltdown. The Mounties were called to the scene when the man lost control, and during the confrontation, sadly, he suddenly died in police custody. A witness happened to catch one angle of the incident on video. It happened at ...more
Carolyn
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you NetGalley and Dundurn Press for an advance copy of this book which presents a disturbing and provocative account of over more than 10 years through a tangled web of our legal system: inquiries by police officials, trials, appeals, Supreme Court, psychiatric reports, etc. This unbiased and thorough reporting makes one wonder whether justice was served

Most Canadians were aware and upset by the death of an extremely agitated and confused man after being confronted by four rookie RCMP of
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John Sadoway
“Blamed and Broken” is a cautionary tale for anyone who would embrace any sort of nationalistic fervour, whether for a particular home locale, a large organization, or the country itself. The saying, “two heads are better than one” is true; two people working with a common goal can most often achieve more than one alone. If one is fortunate, the principle can extend to three, four, five people and more. When one gets however, to the level of an organization the size of the Royal Canadian Mounte ...more
Schuyler Wallace
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it


Forget about Nelson Eddy as Sergeant Bruce of the Mounties in the 1936 movie, “Rose-Marie.” Attractive as he was in his red serge jacket, and as exhilarating as his voice was in his rendition of “The Mounties,” (here come the Mounties to get the man they’re after … and we’ll get you soon) something’s hollow. After reading Curt Petrovich’s “Blamed and Broken,” those words echo and I am no longer a great fan of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. I even found that the movie was filmed in Lake Tahoe
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Melanie Henderson
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is essential reading for any of us who want to live in a society where we are innocent until proven guilty. It seems like such a simple concept ... until it's thrown out the window. I have travelled in countries where the authorities don't care if you're guilty or innocent. Once you've read this book you'll see we're on this dangerous path ourselves.
The author has made a very detailed and nuanced story riveting to read. I couldn't put it down.
Highly recommended!
Kathleen Gray
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Well done account of a specific incident involving the RCMP but it's really about more. What happened to Robert Dziekanski and then the aftermath could have happened anywhere and to any law enforcement agency. That is by no means a criticism of law enforcement but rather an acknowledgement that stress, training, and crisis do not always mix with the new ability of bystanders to video events. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC of this cautionary tale.
Aida Alberto
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and all opinions are my own.A must read type of book. It will have steam coming out of your ears. There must be a better way of detaining someone than the decision that was taken. Read this well written book and decide for yourself if their actions were justified. Happy reading! #BlamedAndBroken #NetGalley
Allison Patterson
Important read...

This book was recommended by some journalist friends. I remember the reporting of the incident at YVR that resulted in Robert Dziekanski’s death very well.
This book challenged my view of the opinions formed from media coverage and will continue to influence how I view media coverage, fake news, etc.
Great book.
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This was an amazing book! I watched the video first and automatically saw what the world saw and what the media portrayed. But upon reading this book my views have changed drastically. This book is about corruption in the Canadian legal system and those aligned with it; being the rcmp. This is about the lives affected in the decade long media frenzy around four rcmp members who chose to use the taser in a difficult situation that ended in the death of Robert Dziekanski.
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