On April 17, Ontario Prime Minister Doug Ford regained the new pandemic measures announced just a day ago. This included a random police check to ensure that people were in compliance with social gathering and organizational event restrictions. But for one active officer, things are well done.
“I have vowed to protect the Constitution and protect the people. [All police] I made the same oath, but it’s unconstitutional about what’s happening in Ontario and other states. What shouldn’t happen is happening, “said a police officer who told the Epoch Times on condition of anonymity.
“It doesn’t make sense, but it’s still running. I’m Canadian and I’m proud. I’m also proud to be a police officer and I have no regrets, but for now ours I’m not proud of the government. “
Police officers work with the Ontario Police Department (OPP) for the largest metropolitan police force among the 45 mandatory police services in Ontario, including 44 city forces. All of them have announced that they will not follow the government’s enhanced “spot check.”
OPP originally favored the premiere, but according to independent journalists Andrew Lawton, Who tabShortly after Ford did, it overturned that decision. Lawson also reported that some of the nine self-managed indigenous police services in Ontario also opposed the order.
The Epoch Times has been contacted by police officers, an increasing group of active and retired police officers across Canada who blame the blockade and say they do not violate the Charter of Rights and Freedom to Enforce Public Health Orders did.
Ren Fall, a retired inspector who spent 11 years at the British Metropolitan Police Department and 32 years at the Toronto Police Department, is the public face and spokesman for the group.
Mr. Fall said his group is preparing for a judicial review of the COVID-19 Public Health Order, which is being sought by police in Ontario, and all police are using the hammer-and-tong approach. I’m hoping it’s not.
“In Toronto, for example, we’ve seen police officers clearly putting a lot of pressure on all police officers to trample the opposition to the blockade,” he said.
“The Vancouver Chief has taken a completely different approach and has announced that his officers have individual discretion. If they feel they are in a position to prosecute under emergency measures. , It’s entirely up to them. “
The active officer spoken by The Epoch Times explained the situation in his department similar to Vancouver. During the pandemic, he took a laissez-faire approach in dealing with the general public.
“As I saw, if I was called to support the ordinance, it’s no longer a matter of the ordinance, it’s mine, so I always see it just trying to make things smooth. Was, “said the policeman. “For example, I wasn’t asked to force anything unless it was dangerous to the public.”
Police also have his own views on some of the hottest cases, including clashes between police and civilians over blockade restrictions.
One of them was police action against Adam Skelly, the owner of a barbecue restaurant in Toronto.
“My guess is that many police officers were told,’I didn’t want to do this.'” And I think many of them probably didn’t realize that what they were told to do was unconstitutional. “
In another case, RCMP helped Alberta Health Services shut down Edmonton’s Grace Life Church by surrounding it with fencing and 24-hour security.
“The fact that they put fences around [a church]-It’s unconstitutional, “said the policeman. “It’s black and white [in the Charter], Based on your ability to worship freely. “