Canada inquiry finds widespread failures in how federal police responded to country’s worst mass shooting.
Canada's worst mass shooting in April of 2020 has been the subject of a new inquiry that has found widespread failures in how federal police responded. The inquiry, headed by former Supreme Court of Canada Justice Michael MacDonald, has determined that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) had inadequate training, resources, and policies in place to handle the situation.
The shooting, which left 22 people dead, was carried out by a gunman who had been released on bail just days before. The inquiry found that the RCMP had failed to respond adequately to the threat posed by the gunman and had not taken the necessary steps to ensure public safety.
The report determined that the RCMP had not properly assessed the gunman's mental health issues and had not taken the proper steps to address them. Furthermore, the report found that the RCMP had failed to act on warnings from the gunman's family and mental health professionals.
Additionally, the inquiry found that the RCMP had not adequately trained their officers in how to respond to mass shootings, nor had they implemented proper protocols for such incidents. The report also noted that the RCMP had not properly investigated the gunman's background, which could have revealed evidence of his potential for violence.
The inquiry has made a number of recommendations to the federal government, including improved training for RCMP officers, improved protocols for handling mass shooting incidents, and better mental health screening for those released on bail.
The report's findings are a stark reminder of the need for greater resources and training to ensure public safety in Canada. The RCMP must take steps to ensure that their officers are adequately prepared to respond to mass shooting incidents and other threats to public safety.