- Threats against a tow truck company that may have helped remove trucks from the downtown Ottawa “Freedom Convoy” protest are being investigated.
- According to the Ottawa Citizen, local towing companies were reportedly turning down Ottawa police requests for assistance towing vehicles from the “red zone,” according to the Ottawa Citizen.
Threats against a tow truck company that may have assisted in the removal of trucks from the “Freedom Convoy” protest in downtown Ottawa are being investigated, according to Ottawa police.
News from CTV Last week, the Ottawa Citizen reported that local towing companies were turning down Ottawa police requests for assistance towing vehicles from the “red zone.” According to a source, police are considering opening a criminal investigation into whether tow truck companies are being intimidated, resulting in a lack of cooperation.
Chief Peter Sloly confirmed that a tow truck company that could have provided the service with “logistics to illegal tow vehicles” had been threatened.
“They’ve been threatened with sophisticated online activities as well as direct threats to harm their employees as well as their business,” Sloly said.
“Those threats are the subject of a full criminal investigation. In other cases, we’ve contacted uncooperative private sector agents, which has made things extremely difficult.”
Sloly said he’s heard that the police chief in Windsor, Ont., where vehicles are blocking the road going to lead to the Ambassador Bridge, is having similar difficulties finding tow truck operators to assist.
“Uncooperative agents or individuals who have been impacted not to participate in police operations to remove the demonstrators who are blocking the international bridge to the U. S,” Sloly said.
Ottawa does have a fleet of heavy-duty industrial tow trucks. According to Sloly, police are considering various options for dealing with the “significant logistical impasse.”
“We’ve peeked at a bunch of different options, and we’re looking at a lot of different joint procurement efforts, both across the country and south of the border,” the chief told reporters.
“We’re looking into other options that might allow us to avoid using tow trucks as much as we had anticipated. Every option is on the table.”
Source: CTV News
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