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Thursday, June 30, 2022

The Ontario Police Watchdog is looking into the usage of horses

Horses are being used for investigate by the Ontario police watchdog.

Key Takeaways:

  • Ontario’s police inspector is looking into two incidents involving police during the effort to remove the “Freedom Convoy” demonstration that had shut down Ottawa streets for three weeks.
  • According to the Ottawa Police Service and Ottawa EMS, no one has died, and the woman’s family says she is alive and recovering from a broken collarbone.

Two events involving police during the operation to take away the “Freedom Convoy” protest that had seized Ottawa streets for three weeks are being investigated by Ontario’s police watchdog.

In a statement released Sunday, the Special Investigations Unit said it was looking into the alleged serious injury of a lady after an encounter with a police horse, as well as the discharges of “less-lethal guns.”

A lady was hurt in the first incident, which occurred Friday afternoon when Toronto’s mounted unit policemen went through the throng outside the Chateau Laurier hotel.

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“A 49-year-old lady and a Toronto Police Service officer on a horse had an altercation on Rideau Street and Mackenzie Avenue at around 5:14 p.m. on Friday. The lady is claimed to have suffered a significant injury, “According to the SIU.

A baseless internet rumor claimed that the lady had been slain during the incident. According to the Ottawa Police Service and Ottawa EMS, no one has died, and the woman’s family members say she is alive and healing from a broken collarbone.

Officers from Vancouver were engaged in the incident using less-lethal shots.

Horses are being used for investigate by the Ontario police watchdog.
Horses are being used for investigate by the Ontario police watchdog. Image from CP24

“Officers from the Vancouver Police Department fired Anti-Riot Weapon Enfields (less-lethal weapons) at people in the area of Sparks Street and Bank Street around 7:18 p.m. Saturday. At this moment, no injuries have been recorded, “According to the SIU.

The SIU is requesting information from anyone who a missile may have hit.

These cases have been assigned to six detectives and two forensic investigators.

The SIU is an independent government organization that examines police officer misconduct that may have resulted in a person’s death, serious injury, sexual assault, or the discharge of a firearm.

“We respect the oversight process and will constantly fully comply,” Ottawa police stated.

Source: CTV News

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