London police and officers’ union distance themselves from Saturday’s rally


London police – backed by the union for their officers – accuse anti-restrictions activist of exchanging the force’s logo without police permission for a planned weekend rally against COVID vaccination policy 19 force.

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London police – backed by the union for their officers – accuse anti-restrictions activist of exchanging the force’s logo without police permission for a planned weekend rally against COVID vaccination policy 19 force.

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The protest scheduled for Saturday organized by Chris Saccoccia, who goes by Chris Sky, comes a day after the deadline for police workers to disclose their vaccination status or request accommodation on human rights grounds. Those who fail to comply with the mandate are required to attend COVID-19 education sessions and could face additional disciplinary action, including unpaid leave and even termination.

Sky, who used the London Police logo in an online poster promoting the event and soliciting donations, maintains it is organizing the rally on behalf of a “contingent” of London police opposing the event. the force vaccination policy.

London Police say they have no affiliation with the rally but will keep an eye on it. And the London Police Association has dismissed a claim by Sky that it is raising money to fund a legal challenge against vaccination warrants, saying the association watches over the labor rights of its members.

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“The London Police Service was not involved in the organization of this event, and we do not endorse, support or endorse it. (Our) patch has been used without permission or authorization from the London Police Department ”, Const. Scott Mandich, a police spokesperson, wrote in an email.

Sky, 37, has become one of the foremost figures in the movement against public health measures to stop the spread of COVID-19, speaking at protests across Canada and racking up charges pending road, in particular for making death threats against Prime Minister Doug Ford and assaulting a police officer with a weapon.

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He also surfaced at the end of last month in London, visiting the Works Craft Burgers and Beer and bragging on social media that proof of vaccination and masking requirements were not met at the city center restaurant. The area’s public health unit followed up and the restaurant said it would follow safety rules.

Sky, who did not respond to a request for comment on Wednesday, posted a video on Twitter presenting the London rally as “the most important event in this lockdown” and said police and first responders from all over Ontario would attend.

He also posted another video in front of five people who he said are London police officers. The faces of the three men and two women – all wearing T-shirts with the slogan Just say No that Sky sells at its rallies – are not visible in the video.

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“They hide their identity for obvious reasons. These brave men and women are part of a contingent of London Police who approached me and asked me to host an event on October 16, ”Sky said in the 80-second clip.

Sky encouraged supporters to send money – cash, checks, wire transfers, and even cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin – to create a legal fund for agents.

“It is certainly not a fraud. We’re going to have military men and women coming from all over Ontario, ”said Sky, who lives in King Township, north of Toronto.

“And we’re going to have 3,000 pieces of merch (goods) there,” he added.

Sgt. Dave Gilmore, chairman of the London Police Association, said there was no reason to create a legal fund for London police officers.

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“He certainly doesn’t collect money for the police that I know. . . They have an association to represent their collective bargaining rights, ”said Gilmore, whose union represents nearly 900 civilian police officers and employees.

Toronto lawyer Caryma Sa’d has been monitoring rallies against COVID-19 public safety measures since the early days of the pandemic, providing live updates on social media and verifying allegations made by Sky, which s opposes vaccines and masks.

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“The COVID denial movement as a whole is being pushed or promoted by individuals or groups with ulterior motives. . . keeping a focus on that helps expose some of those connections and hopefully by presenting some of the weirder but often recurring themes, it deters people from adhering to the more acceptable talking points, ”Sa said. ‘d.

Her work angered Sky, who urged her supporters to file complaints with the Law Society of Ontario, the province’s lawyer regulatory body, and bombarded her on social media.

Sa’d shot a now-viral video showing a large crowd of maskless protesters trying to storm the Eaton Center in Toronto on September 25 after Sky allegedly told protesters at a nearby rally to “go and do it. Something”. A security guard was assaulted in the incident and two people were charged with assault, Toronto police said.

“Because he’s so popular and has such an influence, I think it’s important to document what he does,” Sa’d said of Sky, adding that she thought his gatherings could turn violent.

“I have seen escalations in behavior over the past few months and I think it’s the logical result, that it escalates into physical violence,” she said.

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