Koester, 28, says Bush sucker-punched him while being booked in an interview room. Koester, who is 6-foot-4 and weighs 180 pounds, said the six-foot, 187-pound labourer was on top of his back choking the life out of him when he managed to free his gun.
In a physical feat even RCMP investigators conceded was worthy of a contortionist, the constable got the gun up to the back of Bush's head and shot him. Koester refused to reenact what happened for investigators and the coroner's inquest.
But the inquiry concludes that he was reasonably in fear of his life and acted in self defense.
If this was an isolated incident it might pass, but it is part of an increasingly frequent pattern of poorly trained and ill disciplined mounties far exceeding the reasonable use of force, and people ending up dead as a result.
It is obvious that Canada needs an independent police complaints authority that has powers to investigate and to compel testimony. It must not be staffed by police personnel or ex police personnel. We also need to think very carefully about whether we need a national police force at all. The mounties no longer deserve our trust or support, and must be disbanded.