The senior Mountie in charge of investigating the 2020 mass shooting in Nova Scotia is testifying at a public inquiry today.
Chief Superintendent Darren Campbell joined the response on the night of April 18, 2020, as the killing spree began in Portapeak, NS, and remained involved the next day as the killer made his escape before being shot by police. The uproar continued.
Campbell approved the deployment of a major incident commander to the scene at 10:46 p.m. on the first night and was in contact with RCMP officers at the scene as the killer was driving a police simulator in the province.
The question of who was in charge at these critical times was criticized in an earlier occupational health and safety report, which found that RCMP employees lacked the necessary oversight and were in an “environment of confusion.” were working
MPs are probing alleged political interference in the NS shooting investigation.
Campbell, who was promoted to chief superintendent after the mass killing, led the RCMP’s investigation of the incident, and was the RCMP’s public face during news conferences in the weeks following the riots.
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He is also scheduled to testify before the House of Commons Public Safety Committee, which is investigating whether there was political interference with the RCMP in what happened.
On April 28, 2020, RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lackey met with Campbell and other Nova Scotia staff after a news conference, and allegedly criticized the superintendent’s decision not to release details about the killer’s weapons.
The NS remained at home to avoid confusion of the top Mountie command in the area of mass shooting.
Campbell wrote in his notes – which have recently been released – that Luckey said he had promised the federal government that the force would release information about the weapons used by the gunman, as the Liberals pushed for gun control. Legislation has been made.
The officer said he opposed his request, saying the investigation was ongoing, and indeed the types of weapons were not made public until the National Post made an access to information request in November this year. Did not get them through.
Some gun control experts have argued that Campbell and the Mounties were too tight-lipped about the nature of the weapons, suggesting it would not have a significant impact on the investigation.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on July 25, 2022.
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