Yes, that was a tragic and horrific incident in our history, and I would not mean to make light of it, or any other like it.
This is the first I've heard of the incident, but anything happening at an airport is beyond logic. So it's not surprising. Nice to see the ape mentality isn't limited to airports in the States.
If I can help it, I try to stick to rural airports that connect into big metro ones. The security is staffed by reasonable folk. I had my knife on me one early morning while going through security. The TSA guys just told me to put it back in my car, which was parked about 50 feet beyond the entrance. Try doing that in a major airport.
We (society) give the police power so that they can protect us (collectively) and our property. Sometimes that power corrupts. Sometimes it creates heroes. That's reality and the stuff of storytelling.
It is not in the least bit acceptable. That is not my point. What they did was wrong. That doesn't mean that every instance that the police use excessive force is a sign of the moral breakdown of law enforcement or that the misuse of a tool a good reason to discard the tool.
I'm glad to see this discussed somewhere because we never got past the surface of it in Canada when it happened.
Then, and now, I still ask how so many hours passed in the airport and then the why RCMP were called in. When did it go from being a simple case of someone not able to speak the language lost in a huge and confusing airport to a police matter? Was it ever really a police matter?
It's sort of a case of "if your only tool is a hammer you see every problem as a nail."
My brother spent 39 years in the RCMP and my nephew has been in for six. I like the organization, but like all big organizations it has its problems. Still, I think it would have been good to have an inquiry that looked into what happened starting with when the plane landed, not just when the police arrived.
But maybe that's the kind of backstory that is best for fiction.
With respect, I'd suggest that you haven't read fully about this or other instances where the RCMP, in particular, have killed rather than wound or disable in similar instances.
Yes, policemen are human and generally do a very good job, but in Canada we have many police forces yet these incidents inevitably happen when the RCMP is involved.