POLITICS

Quotes from military police watchdog's report on Langridge suicide investigation

03/10/2015 01:30 EDT | Updated 05/10/2015 05:59 EDT
OTTAWA - Some excerpts from the Military Police Complaints Commission report into how the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service and the military police investigated the 2008 suicide of Cpl. Stuart Langridge:

"Many of the complainants' allegations of bias and lack of independence appear to assume the very fact an investigation was defective or its conclusions were unsound is itself proof of an improper purpose. In so doing, the complainants mistake outcome for intent. The commission found no evidence of any improper purpose or of any outside CF influence in the way the investigations were conducted." From the overview section.

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"The vast majority of the problems with the investigations are the result of inexperience, inadequate supervision, faulty assumptions and human error, with no demonstrated relationship to bias or lack of independence." From the overview section.

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"While many of the deficiencies observed in the conduct of the (Canadian Forces National Investigations Service) members were the result of inexperience and honest mistakes or misunderstandings, there was a lack of professionalism displayed in the failure of the CFNIS members involved, particularly those in leadership or supervisory positions, to step forward, take responsibility and appropriately correct the situation when serious mistakes were revealed." From the findings.

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"The commission finds the failure to disclose the suicide note for over 14 months after the death shocking and beyond comprehension." From the findings.

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"The efforts to formulate explanations appear to have been much more strenuous than any efforts to discover what actually happened." Comment on how the issue of the missing suicide note was dealt with.

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"The (Canadian Forces Provost Marshal) acknowledges the relative inexperience of the members who conducted and supervised these investigations. However, since 2008, the (Canadian Forces National Investigations Service) has gained considerable inexperience with investigating sudden deaths with 173 investigations done by (military police) including 74 overseas." — From the military's response to the report.

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