Oct 21, 2022

By Bob Komsic

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A senior OPP officer has told the inquiry into the federal government’s use of the Emergencies Act that his officers saw dysfunction in the ranks of the Ottawa Police from the early days of the ”Freedom Convoy” protest.
Superintendent Craig Abrams says he expressed serious safety and logistical concerns about several of the local police service’s strategies.
In one case, Abrams refused to have provincial police officers help remove trucks from an intersection down the street from Parliament Hill due to safety concerns and lack of planning that was in place.
At that meeting, Abrams says then chief Peter Sloly repeatedly raised his voice and became heated.
Abrams also says that the OPP had convinced protesters to remove fuel from an encampment, but were unaware that Ottawa officers then started arresting them as they left the fuel site, which he says set back negotiations.
Meanwhile, former Chief OPP Superintendent Carson Pardy told the inquiry that early meetings with Ottawa police and experts from other police services sent to help, were ”unprofessional and disrespectful.”
Pardy says the group told Sloly it could not offer a large number of officers to respond without a plan.
He felt the one Ottawa police showed him was not broad enough.
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