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The Royal Canadian Mounted Police is starting an investigation into texts that allegedly celebrated what appeared to be a horse ridden by a Mountie trampling a protester.
The authenticity of the texts, which were leaked by Rebel News, have not yet been authenticated, The Daily Mail reported.
“Just watched the horse video – that is awesome,:” one member of the chat allegedly said. “We should practice that manoeuvre.”
“Time for the protesters to hear our jackboots on the ground,” another member of the chat said.
“Don’t kick all of them out until next weeks group gets our turn,” another reportedly said.
It comes as the province’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) announced it was investigating an incident in which a 49-year-old woman was ‘seriously injured’ in an interaction with a police horse.
It is unclear if the officers involved in the alleged texting incident will face disciplinary action as the RCMP and Ottawa police did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.
“The #RCMP is aware of the material circulating on social media pertaining to a chat group that includes some of its members. We can confirm that we are looking into the matter,” The RCMP said on Sunday.
“This material is not representative of those who have committed themselves to serving Canadians with integrity and professionalism,” it said.
“Since the beginning, our members have worked tirelessly alongside our municipal and provincial policing partners in Ottawa and across the country to end illegal blockades and unlawful protests safely and peacefully.
“All members of the RCMP know that, whether on or off duty, they have a responsibility to hold themselves to the highest professional standards and are subject to the Code of Conduct of the RCMP at all times. This includes acting with integrity, fairness, and impartiality, and avoiding any potential conflicts between their professional responsibilities and private interests,” the group said.
“The RCMP has put in place measures to ensure the continued integrity of police operations as well as the safety of our members,” it said.
Canadian Police on Friday moved in to break up the more than three-week-old “Freedom Convoy” demonstration in the capital of Ottawa, as video and photos of the action posted on social media appeared to shock many people.
Police used tear gas and horses to break up the protest, and “in doing so, authorities appeared to trample one elderly woman using a walker as well as running over other protesters” with mounted officers, The Daily Wire noted.
“Numerous others were tear-gassed. Around the world, individuals reacted with disgust to the ‘tyranny’ on display in the Western nation,” the outlet continued.
Reports noted that while the police crackdown initially was peaceful, by evening in Ottawa it had turned more confrontational and violent.
Many of the crowd control measures implemented by Ottawa police were caught on video or camera.
Trudeau is stamping out freedom. One trampled protester at a time.
Remember Ottawa. pic.twitter.com/dkA9GRV2A5
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) February 19, 2022
“Remember this image. Remember what Trudeau did to Canada,” internet commentator Ian Miles Cheong wrote in a tweet along with a picture of two protesters, one next to a walking device, who had reportedly been knocked to the ground by police officers on horseback.
Video he posted appeared to confirm that. He wrote, “Trudeau is stamping out freedom. One trampled protester at a time,” adding, “Remember Ottawa.”
Toronto Sun reporter Joe Warmington appeared on Fox News on Saturday and warned that his nation is engaged in a Civil War and that its Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is a tyrant.
“Canada is a police state at this time,.. it’s like within a police state. There’s no rule of law, it’s now in the hands of …the Emergency Act, which is the War Measures Act…Just by donating $25 to the truckers’ convoy puts you as an enemy of the state. It sounds like Cuba or China, that’s kinda what’s happening in Canada,” he said.
“It’s a civil war is what it is. They will finish this job whatever it takes. I was just talking to a driver who said… guns were drawn…Look the Prime Minister has made it clear. These people don’t matter, they’re unacceptable. And of course, they do matter. They matter to everybody. They have freedom. And they haven’t done anything wrong other than parking their trucks there, honking the horn,” the reporter said.
“They suspended the debate in Parliament on the Emergency Act that allows all this to happen. This is not rule of law. This is Marshall law,” he said.