There’s the recent story of an RCMP Mountie, who retired in protest, after eight years on Canadian PM Justin Trudeau’s protection detail. Now, another Canadian cop is fed up with what he sees as federal and local governments misusing police to abridge peaceful peoples’ rights.
Calgary Police Service (CPS) Constable Nick Motycka posted a video to Streamable.com, expressing his sadness over Ottawa cops ordered to confiscate fuel intended for the Freedom Convoy, including from individuals with gas cans.
In polite, Canadian fashion, this video explains how people organized another protest with people carrying empty fuel containers.
The NBC news report shows Ottawa Police Chief Peter Sloly expressing a visceral contempt for the peaceful protest absent from the handling of left-wing protests in Canada and the U.S.
GlobalNews.ca reports, Calgary Police Service confirmed Motycka is a CPS constable. Const. Motycka said the incident struck him deeply and feels it’s antithetical to what police officers should do.
Motycka reads from what appears to be a handwritten journal.
Today was a hard day for me. Something was taken away… I can never get back. Watching members of the Ottawa Police Service seize fuel from peaceful protesters took away a long-held belief that I thought to be a lasting truth. And that is, that the police are here, when push really comes to shove, to protect and help people. I will never see my profession in the same light that I did before today. What I saw was the police doing politicians’ dirty work, like hired goons.
He says this isn’t why he got into law enforcement. Being a cop means, “doing what was right, even when no one was looking, was always the right decision.”
He adds, “I was just following orders is no longer an excuse.” Cops must “stand up and speak out by refusing to breach your fellow citizens’ fundamental “Charter rights.”
Motycka concludes, “There is no doubt that we are all a part of history right now. I have one question for you. Which side do you want to be on?”
Globalnews.ca reports the CPS is investigating Motycka’s video.
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