N.S. shooting: Investigators originally told Lucki recording was lost



An affidavit by an RCMP safety investigator particulars how the power obtained recordings of a tense assembly on the centre of allegations of political interference into the Mounties’ investigation into the Nova Scotia mass taking pictures.

The affidavit sworn Friday by Supt. Jeffrey Beaulac, the RCMP’s deputy chief safety officer at nationwide headquarters in Ottawa, was launched Tuesday by the general public inquiry into the April 18-19, 2020, shootings that claimed 22 lives.

The 24 minutes of dialog have been recorded on April 28, 2020, throughout a name between RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki and senior RCMP employees in Halifax.

Beaulac mentioned that in June, senior administration discovered that the RCMP’s director of media relations, Dan Brien, had recorded at the least a part of the decision.

“I’m knowledgeable that on June 24, 2022, Chief Supt. Michael O’Malley was told by Mr. Brien that the recording was carried out on a private system and it was now not accessible because it was on an previous telephone that had been stolen,” mentioned Beaulac.

He mentioned Brien’s direct supervisor Jolene Bradley additionally mentioned the recording with him and one other nationwide communications providers supervisor.

“She was told by Mr. Brien that the recording was carried out in error and it was not his widespread follow to report conferences. He said the decision had been recorded on a private system that he now not had use of.”

Beaulac mentioned he was knowledgeable that Brien went on sick go away on July 7 and has not returned to work. He mentioned the RCMP subsequently undertook a safety evaluate and an administrative evaluate.

On Sept. 7, Beaulac mentioned the RCMP retrieved two RCMP-issued laptops and one RCMP-issued cellular system from Brien. The units, RCMP networks, shared drives and work emails have been searched starting on Sept. 13.

“As of right now’s date, the recording of the April 28, 2020, name has not been situated throughout these searches of the RCMPs technical infrastructure,” he mentioned.

Beaulac mentioned a safety investigator on Sept. 20 interviewed Brien, who confirmed that he was really nonetheless in possession of the telephone he used to report the decision. He told the investigator that he had deleted the app used to report the decision someday between the April 28 assembly and this spring because of “area limitations on his telephone.”

Brien mentioned the recording had not been made on a telephone that was stolen from him, however the affidavit says “he could have thought so” in June as a result of he didn’t keep in mind when the theft occurred.

Brien subsequently agreed to have the telephone forensically examined and gave his permission to take action on Oct. 12. The subsequent day, Beaulac mentioned he was suggested that three audio information had been retrieved regarding the April 28 name. The fee of inquiry was suggested on Oct. 14 and was given the recordings on Oct. 17.

Beaulac mentioned the RCMPs safety investigation into the matter is ongoing.

“While the information don’t cowl the whole lot of the assembly, they’re an entire seize of what the (Digital Forensic Services) extracted from Mr. Brien’s telephone,” he mentioned.

The recordings didn’t come to gentle till September, when RCMP Deputy Commissioner Brian Brennan told the federal-provincial inquiry in Halifax that Brien had recorded parts of the assembly.

During the decision, Lucki mentioned she understood the police power could not launch sure particulars in regards to the investigation into how the gunman killed 22 folks throughout the 13-hour rampage.

However, she mentioned she felt pissed off when she discovered the talking notes used for an RCMP information convention earlier that day didn’t embrace fundamental details about the killer’s weapons.

She could be heard saying her need to publicly share these fundamental info was in response to a request she acquired from a minister’s workplace, although she didn’t specify which minister or the precise nature of the request.

Opposition events seized on the feedback to recommend the Liberal authorities was interfering within the police investigation to additional its pending gun management laws, one thing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has denied.

This report by The Canadian Press was first revealed Oct. 25, 2022.


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