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Two Windsor Police officers in Windsor, Ont., are facing misconduct charges after they allegedly donated $50 or less to the Freedom Convoy of Canadian truckers which attracted international attention earlier this year.
Constables Jason Michael Brisco and Brooke Fazekas have been charged with dishonorable conduct under Ontario’s Police Services Act in response to allegations that the couple 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 would have appeared on a convoy donor list that has been hacked and fled last winter.
The convoy, which protested national vaccination mandates by blocking traffic in the Canadian capital of Ottawa for weeks, also blocked major border crossings between the United States and Canada, including the Ambassador Bridge, which connects Windsor, Ontario to Detroit, Michigan.
In a message appended to his alleged donation, Brisco thanked his fellow Canadians “for having fought for freedom at the foot of Sauron’s tower”, a reference to the disembodied source of evil and oppression in JRR Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” novels.
After the Windsor Police Service’s Professional Standards Branch investigated, the service 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 we condemn the actions of two sworn members and a civilian employee who donated to support the Freedom Convoy that blocked access to the Ambassador Bridge earlier this year. »
“We hold our members to the highest standards of conduct, and those who violate these 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 have shown complete disregard for the economy and reputation of our city as well as the safety of their own colleagues who were coping with the unstable situation,” Providenti added.
Canada and its political leaders have made international headlines and come under intense scrutiny for their crackdown on the trucking convoy. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invoked the Emergency Measures Act to quell the protests, which opened the door for the government to seize property and freeze the bank accounts of those involved.