Bernard Richard says his review of how the Fredericton Police Force handled a case involving blogger Charles LeBlanc did not provide all the answers he was looking for because the two key players refused to be interviewed.
Richard, the province's former ombudsman, released his independent review on Tuesday. He concluded the force should have "farmed out" the investigation because police had "too much history" with LeBlanc.
But Richard told CBC News on Wednesday he would have liked to speak to LeBlanc about the allegations he made about an officer, which led to his apartment being raided and computer equipment seized in January.
"Certainly, I would have asked Mr. LeBlanc why he didn't raise the serious allegation that he made that the constable who issued the ticket, the bylaw infraction, had "touched his private part," as he put it — why he didn't make that allegation on the day that it happened," Richard said.
He also wanted to know why the officer in question, in the middle of a police operation downtown, took time out to stop LeBlanc on the other side of the street and ticket him for the minor offence of not wearing a bicycle helmet.
LeBlanc who writes a blog on politics and social justice issues, was facing possible criminal libel charges, under section 301 of the Criminal Code for allegedly damaging the reputation of a city police officer in a blog post in the summer of 2011.
But the Office of the Attorney General issued a statement in May, saying it would not be proceeding because that section had been deemed unconstitutional in other jurisdictions.
Richard was hired by the City of Fredericton in June to "review and investigate all aspects of conduct" of the police force.
He found that although the Fredericton Police Force should have handed the investigation over to another force, the investigation was carried out correctly.
However, the warrant that allowed police to seize LeBlanc's computer equipment was far too wide, he said. In addition, police should not have pursued charges under section 301.
LeBlanc and his lawyer say they may seek compensation.
"It's been a very emotional ride," said LeBlanc. "Like I said, when you've got eight, 10 cops coming through your door, it's scary. I haven't been the same Charles LeBlanc and I probably never will be."