RCMP trial continues

There was more testimony yesterday at the labour code trial of the RCMP about a reluctance by top management of the force to issued carbine rifles to front line Mounties.

Superintendant Troy Lightfoot testified Mounties felt outgunned after shootings like the one in Alberta in 2005 in which four officers were killed. He testified that he told his superiors he was concerned about the lack of firepower in cruisers long before the 2014 Moncton rampage. But he said top brass were concerned about public backlash after the Tasering death of a man at the Vancouver airport in 2007…so the rollout of the carbines was slowed.