Nova Scotia Journal

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

RCMP blamed of utilizing ammunition charge to deflect from N.S. mass shooting losses

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Key takeaways: 

  • Brian Brewster was one of three individuals indicted for supplying ammunition to the gunman.
  • The lawyer for one of three people charged. 

People being charged for supplying ammunition: 

The attorney for one of three individuals charged with supplying ammunition to the gunman behind Nova Scotia’s April 2020 mass shooting blames RCMP for using his client as a “scapegoat” to deflect concentration away from the force’s deteriorations during the 13-hour slaying rampage.

Court documents filed in the case relieved new light on how Brian Brewster, the brother-in-law of the gunman’s partner, alleges the Mounties treated him following the slayings and indicted cops of breaking his charter rights when they questioned him.

“The police used manipulation and trickery to get statements from him that now they’re turning around and attempting to use against him in a provincial court,” Tom Singleton, the Halifax lawyer who represents Brewster, said in an interview. Source – cbc.ca

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People arrested for supplying ammunition to gunmen

Brewster, 61, of Lucasville, N.S., has pleaded not guilty to one charge of providing the shooter with .223-calibre Remington cartridges and .40-calibre Smith & Wesson cartridges in the month before the massacre, which police don’t believe he knew about in advance.

Gabriel Wortman killed 22 people, including a pregnant female, in several rural neighborhoods on April 18-19, 2020, and burned some houses, including his cottage in Portapique, N.S. He managed to cross almost 200 kilometers, most of it in a replica RCMP cruiser while hidden as a Mountie before police fired and killed him at a gas station.

The households of the individuals who died and public members have charged the RCMP of not doing sufficient to block the gunman and failing enough to alert the public regarding the risk as the shooter persisted in slaughtering both acquaintances and strangers.

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