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Military police probe of Cpl. Langridge's suicide botched, not biased: watchdog | CTV News

Federal report says there were “serious flaws” in the investigations of the suicide of war veteran Stuart Langridge

NDP Demands implementation Fynes inquiry recommendations

A Failure to Learn Lessons
30. Throughout the events under review, the Commission often observed instances
where the Military Police and its members had apparent difficulty in recognizing their
own shortcomings and deficiencies and were unable to take timely action to address
them. Seemingly set on justifying their actions or to preserve a positive image in the eyes
of the complainants or of the public at large, MP members often proceeded to make matters worse
by failing to provide timely, accurate and straightforward answers to the
family and to the public, and by failing or refusing to modify a misguided approach.

The Military Police often made statements that appeared to respond to the concerns,
while taking few if any steps to actually address them. This was especially true in the
official response to the suicide note issue, where the organization promised to take
remedial steps but then proceeded to devote very little attention to the matter, either in
terms of the revision of internal procedures or in terms of the explanations and any
apologies provided to the complainants and to the public.45 Indeed, this pattern can be
seen in substantially all of the interactions between the Military Police and the Fynes. The
Military Police repeatedly sought to appease the Fynes by making what turned out to be
empty promises and gestures and by providing vague explanations, but failed to take
substantive steps to address the concerns.

The response to this report can be seen in the same light. The Military Police
flatly refuses to allow the Fynes or the public at large to even see the response. The
response itself says very little of substance about the actual issues identified. Even as it
rejects the vast majority of the recommendations, the rejection is couched in language
that avoids meeting the issues head on or providing direct answers. Responses may on the
surface give an impression that issues are taken seriously and will be addressed, but they
stop short of acknowledging the deficiencies identified in the Interim Report or of
agreeing to specific remedial action capable of repairing the deficiencies.

Overall, the Military Police response demonstrates an unwillingness or inability
by the Military Police to recognize and address its own shortcomings. If any further proof
were necessary of the need for independent oversight, it would be provided by the
apparent inability of the Military Police to deal effectively with its own shortcomings,
both during the underlying events and in its response to the Commission’s findings and
recommendations arising from those events. This makes the Military Police’s apparent
reluctance substantively to accept external oversight all the more troubling