Newspaper article The Canadian Press

RCMP Faces Labour Code Trial for 'Mistakes' in 2014 Moncton Massacre

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

RCMP Faces Labour Code Trial for 'Mistakes' in 2014 Moncton Massacre

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RCMP faces trial in 2014 Moncton massacre

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MONCTON, N.B. - Three years after a gunman's rampage left three Mounties dead, the RCMP itself faces trial Monday.

The Labour Code trial stems from the force's handling of the 2014 massacre in Moncton, N.B., and the wife of one victim says it will be extremely difficult for everyone involved -- but necessary.

"Change in this organization is needed before tragic history repeats itself," Nadine Larche said.

"Had they had proper equipment, proper training and information, I believe that the outcome of that day would have been very different."

Her husband, Constable Doug Larche, and constables Fabrice Gevaudan and Dave Ross were killed, while constables Eric Dubois and Darlene Goguen were wounded when gunman Justin Bourque used a semi-automatic rifle to target police officers in Moncton's northwest end.

The rampage set off a 30-hour manhunt that drew in officers from around the region. People in the area were told not to leave their homes until the gunman was caught. Bourque later said he had hoped to start a rebellion against the government.

The RCMP's lengthy trial is scheduled to begin Monday before a provincial court judge, and is expected to last until the end of June.

Employment and Social Development Canada alleges the force failed to:

-- Provide its members with appropriate use-of-force equipment and user training when responding to an active threat or active shooter event;

-- Provide its members with necessary information, instruction and/or training when responding to an active threat or active shooter event;

-- Provide its supervisory personnel with appropriate information, instruction and/or training when responding to an active threat or active shooter event; and

-- Ensure, in general, the health and safety of its members.

Larche said she hopes the trial will lead to changes to ensure officer safety and better working conditions.

"I am encouraged by the fact that charges were laid and that the Crown is holding the RCMP responsible for mistakes that were made that cost three RCMP members' lives," she said in an email to The Canadian Press.

A review said officers responding to the shootings faced a litany of problems, including getting access to accurate information, high-powered weaponry and protective equipment. …

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