The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) mentioned it has launched an inner investigation as a result of a few of its officers seem to have donated to the current convoy protests in Ottawa and all through the province.
OPP spokesperson Invoice Dickson confirmed the drive is conscious an undisclosed variety of its members “seem to have made donations which have gone towards the illegal protest in Ottawa” in an electronic mail to CBC Information on Wednesday.
“The matter has been dropped at the eye of OPP Command, and the OPP Skilled Requirements Unit has launched an inner conduct investigation into this matter,” Dickson mentioned.
Over the weekend, a massive police operation to clear protesters out of Ottawa’s downtown started because the occupation was set to enter its fourth week. By Sunday afternoon, Ottawa police mentioned they had made 191 arrests and laid 389 expenses in opposition to 103 folks.
The names of hundreds of people that donated in assist of the protests in opposition to vaccine mandates and COVID-19 public well being measures by the crowdfunding web site GiveSendGo had been released in a data hack.
The OPP can’t remark or speculate on the end result of the investigation at the moment, Dickson mentioned.
Although, Dickson mentioned the OPP “holds its members accountable for his or her actions whereas on obligation and off.
“They’ve a accountability to exhibit neutrality and stay non-partisan,” the e-mail reads.
“Any demonstration or expression of views and opinions which may be interpreted as condoning criminality is in direct opposition to the OPP’s values and mandate.”
The Freedom Convoy protests additionally prompted Toronto police to close major roads within the downtown core for 3 weekends in a row as a way to create a fringe round Queen’s Park to cease site visitors from reaching the location.
Toronto police additionally investigating 2 members
Toronto police additionally mentioned Wednesday it’s conscious of two members who seemed to be a part of the information hack that’s at present being reviewed.
“As this was illegally obtained knowledge, we’d not speculate on its validity as we’re conscious of a number of lists in circulation which could possibly be altered or manipulated,” Toronto police mentioned in an electronic mail Wednesday.