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RCMP guilty of Labour Code violations in 2014 Moncton shooting spree

The force was found guilty of failing to provide its members with appropriate use-of-force equipment and training when responding to an active shooter in an open environment


 
The caskets of Const. Dave Joseph Ross, 32, from Victoriaville, Que., left to right, Const. Douglas James Larche, 40, from Saint John, N.B. and Const. Fabrice Georges Gevaudan, 45, from Boulogne-Billancourt, France, sit in Wesleyan Celebration Centre. (Sean Kilpatrick, The Canadian Press)

The caskets of Const. Dave Joseph Ross, 32, from Victoriaville, Que., left to right, Const. Douglas James Larche, 40, from Saint John, N.B. and Const. Fabrice Georges Gevaudan, 45, from Boulogne-Billancourt, France, sit in Wesleyan Celebration Centre. (Sean Kilpatrick, The Canadian Press)

MONCTON, N.B. – The RCMP has been convicted of violating the Labour Code for failing to provide its members with use-of-force equipment and training in connection with the 2014 New Brunswick shooting rampage that left three Mounties dead and two others injured.

Judge Leslie Jackson found the Crown did not prove its case on two other charges and issued a judicial stay on the fourth charge.

C8 carbine rifles were not available to general duty officers during Justin Bourque’s shooting spree in Moncton, and numerous witnesses have testified they could have made a difference.

Carbine rifles were approved for use in 2011, but their rollout was delayed on several occasions.

Jackson found the force guilty of failing to provide its members with the appropriate use-of-force equipment and user training when responding to an active threat or active shooter in an open environment.

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He found the RCMP not guilty of failing to provide its members with the necessary information, instruction and/or training when responding to an active threat or active shooter event in an open environment.

He also found the force not guilty of failing to provide its supervisory personnel with appropriate information, instruction and/or training to ensure the health and safety of RCMP members when responding to an active threat or active shooter event in an open environment.

He stayed a charge of failing to ensure, in general, the health and safety of its members.

The defence argued at the trial that the RCMP exercised due diligence in its rollout of patrol carbines, while the Crown argued management knew front-line officers were at risk and the rollout of carbines took too long.

Constables Fabrice Gevaudan, Dave Ross and Doug Larche were killed, while constables Eric Dubois and Darlene Goguen were wounded when Bourque targeted police officers in hopes of sparking an anti-government rebellion.


 
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RCMP guilty of Labour Code violations in 2014 Moncton shooting spree

  1. The Harper Cons were fixated on balancing the budget and spending monies on Russian propaganda like the “Economic Action Plan” at the expense of the lives of Mounties, lack of judges, rail safety, etc. How disgraceful!