Ottawa Police Chief Peter Sloly resigned Tuesday following criticism of his handling of the massive protests in Canada’s capital city that have stretched into their third week.
Ottawa Police Services Board Chairwoman Diane Deans said the board and the outgoing police chief “reached a mutually agreed upon separation.”
[source: The Washington Examiner]
Sloly was picked to head the Ottawa Police Service in 2019 after serving on the Toronto police force for four decades, including as deputy chief. He issued a statement announcing his departure and said he had done everything in his power to keep the city safe and “put an end to this unprecedented and unforeseeable crisis.”
“We have acquired new resources and enforcement tools, and stood up the new Integrated Command Centre,” he tweeted. “I am confident the Ottawa Police Service is now better positioned to end this occupation.”
Some residents in Ottawa have complained about the protests, which have brought thousands of people to the downtown area, and the failure of Sloly to stop them. They have complained of being harassed and intimidated, and some even held a counterprotest aimed at law enforcement for not doing enough to end the demonstrations.
The news comes one day after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made history by becoming the first Canadian leader to invoke the federal Emergencies Act to try to bring an end to the Freedom Convoy protests.
The federal government now has the power to arrest and issue large fines, tow away vehicles to keep essential services running, freeze truckers’ personal and corporate bank accounts, and suspend the insurance on their rigs. The government is also broadening its anti-money laundering regulations to target crowdfunding sites that have popped up across Canada and the United States to support the truckers.
“These blockades are illegal, and if you are still participating, the time to go home is now,” Trudeau said in an address to the country.
Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland added, “Consider yourselves warned. Send your rigs home.”
Insidious left wing authoritarianism may be winning out now, but you just wait.
This battle is long from over.
Author: Nolan Sheridan