Woman who danced at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier will not face criminal charges


Ottawa police say they will not charge a woman who danced at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the National War Memorial during the motorcade protest last winter.

At a press conference Thursday morning about an upcoming multi-day motorcycle rally, Deputy Chief Trish Ferguon said she thought charges were coming, but after a follow-up question to police, that comment went down. been disputed.

A police spokesperson said the woman would not be charged.

“A woman who resides out of province has been identified. She has been spoken to, she has shown remorse for her actions and police are confident she will not reoffend,” the force said in an email.

“She was dealt with by other means, which is police practice.”

When asked to clarify what that means, the spokesperson said police sometimes use “informal processes” to conclude criminal investigations, which could include the use of municipal bylaws, diversion programs or warnings.

“[We] We are confident that this is an isolated incident that will not happen again on the part of this person,” Ottawa police wrote in an email.

The January 29 incident was widely condemned by politicians. This happened on the first day of the Freedom Convoy demonstration which turned into a week-long occupation of the streets around Parliament Hill.

Protesters pose for photos with their banners in front of the National War Memorial as veterans clear snow and ice from the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Ottawa two weeks after the convoy protest began. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press)

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier contains the remains of “an unidentified Canadian soldier from the Cabaret Rouge British Cemetery near Vimy Ridge,” according to Veterans Affairs Canada.

They were interred at the north end of Elgin Street in May 2000.