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Ottawa Police Chief: Protesters To Get ‘Financial Sanctions,’ ‘Criminal Charges’ Even After Event Ends

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TOPSHOT - Police officers escort an arrested protester to a police car during a protest over pandemic health rules and the Trudeau government in Ottawa, Canada on February 17, 2022. - Canadian police massed in the capital February 17, 2022, readying to clear a trucker-led protest that has choked Ottawa's streets for three weeks and provoked the government to call on rarely used emergency powers.
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Ottawa Police Chief Steve Bell said during a press conference over the weekend that Canadian law enforcement officials would continue cracking down on those who participated in the trucker protests well after the protests have ended.

The revelation came in response to a reporter asking if there were going to be “repercussions down the road” for the protesters, even if they had retreated and gone home.

“Are you going to be sort of actively pursuing the people that you’ve been sort of documenting and filming who are still out there protesting?” the reporter asked. “What are your plans after this after the protest is over?”

“It’s a great question. And the simple answer is yes,” Ball responded. “If you are involved in this protest, we will actively look to identify you and follow up with financial sanctions and criminal charges. Absolutely. This investigation will go on for months to come. It has many, many different streams both from a federal financial level, from a provincial licensing level, from a criminal code level, from a municipal breach of court order breach of court injunction level, it will be a complicated and time consuming investigation that will go on for a period of time. You have my commitment that that investigation will continue and we will hold people accountable for taking our streets over.”

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REPORTER: So I was in the crowd yesterday, I was, unfortunately hit with some pepper spray. I just have a question. There’s some video cameras that the police are using, and some news outlets that reporting that you’re gathering intelligence with those cameras. Can you elaborate, like if the protesters at this point, you know, retreat and go home, are they going to be getting sort of repercussions down the road? Are you going to be sort of actively pursuing the people that you’ve been sort of documenting and filming who are still out there protesting? What are your plans after this after the protest is over?

STEVE BALL, POLICE CHIEF: Thank you. It’s a great question. And the simple answer is yes. If you are involved in this protest, we will actively look to identify you and follow up with financial sanctions and criminal charges. Absolutely. This investigation will go on for months to come. It has many, many different streams both from a federal financial level, from a provincial licensing level, from a criminal code level, from a municipal breach of court order breach of court injunction level, it will be a complicated and time consuming investigation that will go on for a period of time. You have my commitment that that investigation will continue and we will hold people accountable for taking our streets over.

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