Like other historic and tragic events, we all remember what we were doing on June 4, 2014. It is a day that will long live in the memories of members of the RCMP, their families and all Canadians when an active shooter went on a manhunt for police officers. As you know, we lost three of our own that day and two others were injured and at risk of death.
The RCMP was subsequently charged with four offences under the Canada Labour Code. They refused to plead guilty and chose to go to trial. Today Judge Leslie Jackson of the New Brunswick Provincial Court in Moncton, delivered his verdict: guilty in one of these charges.
The NPF is pleased the RCMP has been found negligent on the first count of failing to provide adequate training and equipment to its members and calls on management and all levels of government to respect and accept this decision as a clear “wake up” call confirming that our nation’s committed RCMP members need and deserve the necessary resources to protect our country and communities safely and effectively.
We will be reviewing the Judge’s reasons in detail with counsel to determine what, if any, further action we can take to reinforce this decision. It would be shameful for the RCMP or any body to appeal this ruling.
You can read the entire judgement here; Download the Final Decision
Sentencing has been scheduled for November 23rd in Moncton.