RCMP must be more transparent with the public, says Commissioner Lucki | Portapique massacre: Nova Scotia in mourning

RCMP needs to be more transparent with the public, says Commissioner Lucki | Portapique Massacre: Nova Scotia in mourning

The Commissioner of the Gendarmerie Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Brenda Lucki testifies at the April 2020 Mass Casualty Commission, Tuesday.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Commissioner Brenda Lucki admitted to the April 2020 Independent Mass Casualty Commission that the police need to modernize and become a more transparent organization.

The head of the RCMP in the country testified on Tuesday about the circumstances surrounding the Portapique massacre, which resulted in the death of 22 people in the space of 13 hours, on the 18th and April 19, 2020.

The 131-page transcript of an interview with Brenda Lucki—done by investigators on August 4 and released Tuesday—reports some regret over the handling of the massacre and her desire for transparency with the Canadian public.

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When you talk about culture, our culture is to be less transparent. We hold things back because we can, she told inquest lawyers.

We always felt that because things were under investigation, we couldn't release those things. This is no longer the case. There are things that can be disclosed even in the course of an investigation. We just have to make sure that what is disclosed does not compromise [the investigation], she argued.

Brenda Lucki during her testimony to the Commission on Tuesday.

In the interview, the Commissioner also shared his regrets following a meeting on April 28, 2020, nine days after the killings. During this meeting, she reprimanded regional agents for not disclosing detailed information on the semi-automatic weapons used by the killer.

She now says she went too far. When I think about it before I go to bed, I honestly can't sleep.

Brenda Lucki has repeatedly denied allegations that she wanted these details came out due to political pressure from the federal Liberals, who were then working on gun control legislation.

She claims that the pressure she put on to release information about the killer's weapons was related to her desire to be more transparent with the public.

The difficulties of the RCMP to communicate quickly and candidly with the public and the media were revealed in the testimony of officers and civilians during the investigation.

At night where the mass shooting began in Portapique, Nova Scotia, police did not contact the media directly to tell them a shooting was in progress.

The police force instead issued a single Twitter post on April 18, 2020 at 11:32 p.m. that characterized the incident as a firearms complaint, even though the officers involved in the response were aware that x27; an active shooter had killed people and was on the loose.

RCMP Staff Sergeant Steve Halliday, who was helping oversee the response the next morning, confirmed in his testimony that at 8:00 a.m. on April 19, 2020, he decided that a photo of the replica of the car driven by the killer was to be released.

However, the photo was not released until 10 a.m. 17, and during this delay, at least six additional deaths occurred.

Retired RCMP Staff Sergeant Steve Halliday (left on stage) meets Anna Mancini (standing right), a Mass Casualty Commission lawyer, May 17, 2022 in Dartmouth, In New Scotland.

Brenda Lucki told the commission: We've done a lot of work to be more transparent, giving our commanders more media training, giving them training so that #x27;they can be more candid in the information instead of saying "no comment" or "I can't talk about it".

She also mentioned during her interview that she has viewed RCMP modernization as central to her tenure since taking office. appointment in 2018. She cited initiatives such as the introduction of courses on systemic racism and the ability for junior staff to send critical emails directly to her, as part of a change process. /p>With information from La Presse canadienne

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