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Over the long Canada Day weekend, Ottawa police make 12 arrests and file 50 charges

Over the Canada Day holiday weekend, Ottawa police arrested 12 people and laid 50 charges.

Key Takeaways:

  • Over the lengthy Canada Day weekend, 50 criminal charges, according to Ottawa police, were filed, and 12 people were arrested.
  • The Highway Traffic Act and release orders were allegedly broken after a traffic check on Highway 417 at Anderson Road on June 30.
  • 121 automobiles were towed from the vehicle control zone by Ottawa Bylaw between June 29 and July 3, and 513 parking citations were issued.

50 criminal charges, according to Ottawa police, were brought over the long Canada Day weekend, and 12 persons were detained.

The first significant in-person Canada Day celebrations in Ottawa since 2019 occurred last Friday. Thousands of locals and visitors flocked to the downtown area to commemorate the event. Several hundred protesters from the “Freedom Convoy” campaign, which shut down downtown Ottawa in February, were included in the crowd.

When the downtown vehicle control zone went into effect on June 29, Ottawa police were on the roads in full force to stop yet another occupation of the city by vehicles.

Between June 29 and July 3, according to police, they detained twelve persons in downtown Ottawa, including non-participants in protests or Canada Day-related events. Four charges were brought under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and the 50 criminal charges.

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On June 29, a guy was detained for inciting a disturbance on Parliament Hill. On the base of an exceptional warrant, he was sent to Toronto.

Following a traffic stop on Highway 417 at Anderson Road on June 30, police charged one person with violating release orders and the Highway Traffic Act.

Later that day, 3 people were detained concerning an alleged chokehold on a police officer near the National War Memorial. Charges include choking someone, assaulting police, avoiding arrest, and causing a disturbance. This incident happened not long after Canadian soldier James Topp, who is being tried for criticizing the COVID-19 vaccine regulations while wearing his uniform, finished his cross-country trek against vaccine requirements. Hundreds of people gathered at the War Memorial to hear Topp speak.

On Canada Day, after RCMP officers broke up an altercation near LeBreton Flats, one guy was taken into custody and charged with drawing a knife on them. Following an assault at the ByWard Market, two more people were detained and charged with various assault-related offenses.

Over the Canada Day holiday weekend, Ottawa police arrested 12 people and laid 50 charges.
Over the Canada Day holiday weekend, Ottawa police arrested 12 people and laid 50 charges. Image from The Star

A firearm was taken into custody along with the arrest of two people on July 2 in a car. There were several drug and firearm charges. In Sandy Hill that afternoon, patrol officers also arrested a guy for drug and firearms offenses after seizing a gun.

A lady was detained by police on July 3 for public intoxication after allegedly spitting in an officer’s face. She is currently charged with assault as well.

None of the accused were given names by Ottawa police.

In Strathcona Park and Wellington Street, the police are also looking into the paint on public property. On Canada Day, protesters painted inscriptions on Wellington Street, criticizing convoy organizers Pat King and Tamara Lich. Earlier, the police reported charging 19 people for driving while intoxicated.

Between June 29 and July 3, Ottawa Bylaw pulled 121 vehicles from the vehicle control zone and issued 513 parking tickets.

Source: CTV News

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