Prosecutor seeks maximum fine against RCMP in deadly 2014 Moncton shooting spree

A prosecutor is asking for the maximum fine against the RCMP for Labour Code convictions stemming from gunman Justin Bourque's 2014 Moncton, N.B., rampage that left three officers dead and two injured.

Crown prosecutor Paul Adams says the $1 million fine would amount to "a clear declaration of disapproval" of RCMP conduct that left its officers outgunned and ill-prepared.

He says the force knew of the need for better weapons seven years before the Moncton shootings, and says "there was a confusing lack of urgency in dealing with this type of risk."

Bourque had targeted police officers in the hopes of sparking an anti-government rebellion.

Constables Fabrice Gevaudan, Dave Ross and Doug Larche were killed, while constables Eric Dubois and Darlene Goguen were injured in the shootings.

Defence lawyer Mark Ertel is suggesting a penalty of $500,000, much of it as donations to groups suggested by the Crown.