Witnesses concur that Mounties lacked direction and supervision resulting in what has been referred to as the Mosquito Effect-going here, there and everywhere with negative results.
"Chief Supt. Chris Leather was testifying at the Mass Casualty Commission, the inquiry into the murders of 22 people — including a pregnant woman — on April 18-19, 2020, by a gunman driving a replica police cruiser.
Chief Supt. Chris Leather of the Nova Scotia RCMP testifies before the public inquiry into the mass shooting across Nova Scotia of April 2020, on July 27 in Halifax.(CBC)
Young also asked about statements made at press conferences and in news releases that the RCMP had "secured the area," when the perpetrator was still at large. Leather said that to him, "secured" means that officers are on the ground working, and that 'securing' would have been a more appropriate description."