Canada inquiry finds widespread failures in how federal police responded to country’s worst mass shooting.
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A Canadian inquiry has found widespread failures in how federal police responded to the country’s worst mass shooting in 2020.
The inquiry, led by Justice Michael MacDonald, concluded that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) failed to properly investigate and respond to the tragedy in Nova Scotia, which left 22 people dead.
The report said that the RCMP had a “lack of preparedness” and “significant weaknesses” in how the force responded to the incident. It also found that the police had inadequate resources and training, and that officers failed to properly assess the threat posed by the shooter.
The report said that the RCMP’s failure to recognize the shooter’s “potential for escalating violence” resulted in a “failure to protect the public” and “a lack of effective response.”
The inquiry also found that the police had inadequate resources and failed to properly coordinate their response. It said that the RCMP failed to properly assess the risk posed by the shooter and did not effectively communicate with other agencies and local partners.
The report noted that the RCMP had no plan or protocol in place to respond to a mass shooting of this magnitude. It also said that the force failed to properly investigate the shooter’s mental health problems and his access to firearms.
The report concluded that the RCMP’s response to the tragedy was “inadequate and inefficient” and that the force “did not take the necessary steps to protect the public.”
The inquiry recommended that the RCMP “urgently review” its procedures and protocols for responding to mass shootings and other serious incidents. It also urged the force to improve its training and resources, and to develop better communication with local partners.
The RCMP has accepted the inquiry’s findings and has pledged to make changes to ensure that such tragedies never happen again.