Police officers that supported the recent “Freedom Convoy” protest in Canada could soon lose their jobs. This includes two Edmonton-based officers that joined a rally in Southern Alberta. Both officers are currently suspended without pay.
The government’s crackdown on dissent continues, with two Edmonton police officers facing termination for their involvement with a mostly peaceful protest in Southern Alberta. Const. Elena Golysheva and Staff Sgt. Rick Abbott are in hot water with their employer after they both spoke at the rally. Chief of Edmonton Police Dale McFee slammed the officers, publicly denouncing their actions, as reported by local media:
“That’s not something we support or condone. Like, that’s just not something that’s allowed in how we actually do our police work and we have a discipline process for that.”
This is not the only case of a police officer in Canada facing retribution for supporting the “Freedom Convoy.” Another police officer, Erin Howard of Durham Region, is currently under investigation for a video she made in late January, where she shared kind works about the trucker protest. In Canada, this sort of “behaviour” is a fire-able offence, and could cost her her job and future. Many of the social media comments toward Howard were negative, however many support her, with some calling her actions heroic.
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