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Two Windsor Police officers in Windsor, Ontario are facing misconduct charges after they allegedly donated $50 or less to the Freedom Convoy of Canadian truckers that drew international attention earlier this year.
Officers Jason Michael Brisco and Brooke Fazekas were charged with disreputable conduct under the Ontario Police Services Act in response to allegations that the pair donated $50 and $40, respectively, to the convoy, according to the Windsor Star. Brisco appeared for a Zoom hearing on Monday.
The names of Brisco and Fazekas allegedly appeared on a convoy donor list that was hacked and leaked last winter.
The convoy, which has protested national vaccine mandates by hampering traffic in the Canadian capital of Ottawa for weeks, has also blocked key border crossings between the United States and Canada, including the Ambassador Bridge, which connects Windsor, Ontario, with Detroit, Michigan.
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In a message accompanying his purported donation, Brisco thanked his fellow Canadians “for fighting for freedom at the base of Sauron’s Tower,” a reference to the disembodied source of evil and oppression in the Lord of the Rings novels. Rings” by JRR Tolkien.
After an investigation was conducted by the professional standards branch of the Windsor Police Service, the department also disciplined a civilian employee with a one-day unpaid suspension.
In a statement provided to Fox News Digital, Deputy Chief Frank Providenti said: “Windsor Police condemn the actions of two sworn members and one civilian employee who made donations to support the Freedom Convoy that blocked access to the Ambassador Bridge earlier in the day. of this year”.
“We hold our members to the highest standards of conduct, and those who do not uphold those principles must be held accountable for their behavior,” the deputy chief continued.
“By choosing to support an illegal blockade at our country’s busiest border crossing, these members demonstrated utter disregard for our city’s economy and reputation, as well as the safety of their own colleagues who were dealing with the volatile situation. Provident added.
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Canada and its political leadership made international headlines and drew widespread scrutiny for their crackdown on the trucker convoy. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invoked the Emergencies Act to quell the protests, opening the door for the government to seize property and freeze the bank accounts of those involved.