Masked men attack police by breaking cruiser’s windshield with stone lacrosse sticks during land development protest
- Ontario Provincial Police officers were seen calmly as their cruiser was attacked by land development protesters
- Two men were seen damaging the cruiser with a lacrosse stick and stones
- As they attacked the car, the men overheard the police telling them to leave the site
- The incident took place three days after a judge ordered land protesters to leave a developing area they have been occupying since July
A new video shows Canadian police officers reacting coolly while in their cruiser, while protesters smash the windows with stones and hit them with a lacrosse stick.
Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner Thomas Carrique tweeted the video Sunday showing unnamed OPP officers being attacked in an incident that took place in Caledonia, Ontario.
Protesters falsely blamed #OPP for escalation in # Caledonia. Extremely proud of my officers for their professional and measured response to keep the peace and preserve life while under attack, ” Carrique wrote.
Ontario Provincial Police officers responded calmly as their cruiser was attacked by protesters near the site of a land conflict in Canada
The video was shot near the McKenzie Meadows construction site, where there has been a land dispute with First Nations peoples since July.
Protesters said the development near Six Nations of the Grand River First Nations Reserve is in conflict with the sovereignty of the Haudenosaunee people because it is on virgin land, according to the Brampton Guardian.
In the video we see men with masks covering their faces approach the parked OPP cruiser, while an officer tells his dispatcher what is happening on the radio.
“A man in camouflage is throwing rocks at us,” the officer says calmly, while another man with a lacrosse stick approaches the cruiser on foot.
The man then starts yelling at the police for them to leave and hits the cruiser with his lacrosse stick. While doing so, the man wearing a camouflage jacket throws what looks like a rock at the windshield, destroying it.
‘Go away!’ one says as he walks to the passenger window and hits it, while the man with the lacrosse stick continues to hit the hood and windows of the car.
The video ends with the officers getting ready to leave the cruiser as the attackers run away.
At one point, a protester was seen breaking the windshield of the police cruiser with a stone
The incident occurred days after a judge ordered land protesters to leave the construction site they have been occupying since July. Police are seen on the scene on October 23
Protesters said they barricaded the development to protect themselves from the police. The barricade can be seen here on October 23, the day after it was placed
Since July, protesters have occupied this construction site in Caledonia, Ontario
It is unclear whether the agents confronted the protesters after the incident, but OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt told it Toronto sun that the man with the lacrosse stick was identified and will be charged if arrested.
Officers are still looking for the man wearing the camouflage jacket.
In his tweet, the OPP commissioner added, “Arrests continue as members follow a responsible and sustainable enforcement approach.”
The incident took place in the aftermath of a judge who ordered protesters to permanently vacate a construction site on Oct. 22.
After the verdict, protesters claimed that police fired rubber bullets at them. The OPP, meanwhile, said their cruisers had been damaged by protesters, the Brampton Guardian said.
Protesters said in a statement that police were told to leave the development area prior to the incident depicted in the video.
The protesters said they set up blockades on Thursday night and that “the actions of defenders and community members, including the setting up of barricades, are a protective action designed to protect us from police brutality.”
The statement went on to say, ‘The police continue to threaten arrest and it is up to us to protect ourselves from these oppressive police tactics. The police have no place in dealing with land disputes. ‘
Since July 33 people have been arrested, while OPP says 100 charges have been filed against protesters.