A Durham Region, Ontario police officer is facing disciplinary charges after posting a video online earlier this year expressing his support for the so-called Freedom Convoy while in uniform.
const. Erin Howard is charged under the Police Services Act with two counts each of the following: dishonorable conduct, insubordination and breach of trust.
In the video posted to social media, Howard says the hundreds of truckers who set off from British Columbia are ‘true heroes’ fighting for the rights and freedoms of all Canadians by opposing vaccination mandates .
“I wanted to shout out to all the truckers. I think what you’re doing is amazing. You’re fighting for our rights and freedoms, and right now it feels like we’re at a bit of a war and those rights and freedoms are at stake,” says Howard.
The convoy, which occupied parts of downtown Ottawa for more than three weeks, was dispersed by police from multiple agencies on February 19, after protesters ignored orders to leave.
Durham Regional Police previously said on Twitter that the views expressed in Howard’s video do not reflect the views and opinions of the service.
Howard is due to make his first court appearance on May 5.