February 7, 2022
They have already helped seize more than $9 million donated to the truckers Freedom Convoy and now Ottawa Police Chief Peter Sloly says they will be “relentless” in going after more cash.
GoFundMe froze the $9 million Friday night after a plea from Ottawa police but the truckers have already raised millions of dollars more from other fundraising sites.
“We will be relentless trying to end their funding,” Sloly told reporters at a Monday press conference.
He said there were about 5,000 truckers who clogged city streets at the start of the protest more than a week ago and about 1,000 remain with 5,000 protesters.
Sloly said after negotiations failed, officers moved into a nearby baseball park and seized more than 1,000 litres of fuel and arrested seven people Sunday night.
Hot tubs and saunas were seized.
Sloly said backup officers from the RCMP and seven other municipal districts have already buttressed Ottawa forces, but he pleaded for more help.
He said a request for a “significant” increase in police officers will be submitted to the city council Monday.
Sloly cancelled all days off for Ottawa officers, some of whom have been working 12 hours a day, for 14 straight days in freezing temperatures.
He said police officers and residents living in the protest area are “close to the breaking point.”