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VIDEO: Activists Attack Ontario Police Car With Cop Inside, Claim Video Of Attack Taken ‘Out Of Context’

London, Ontario, CANADA – Ontario Provincial Police released video of violent protesters hurling rocks and trying to smash the windows of a police vehicle on Thursday while officers sat inside it (video below).

Ontario Police Commissioner Thomas Carrique shared the video on social media on Sunday evening along with a defense of his officers.

“Protestors falsely blamed #OPP for escalation in #Caledonia,” Commissioner Carrique tweeted. “Extremely proud of my officers for their professional and measured response to keep the peace & preserve life while under attack. Arrests continue as members take responsible and sustained enforcement approach.”

The incident occurred on Oct. 22 when protesters blocking the road to a housing development in Caledonia faced off with provincial police, CBC reported.

Hours earlier, a judge had granted a permanent injunction against the land rights protesters and when provincial police arrived on the scene, the confrontation began.

Haldimand County Provisional Police Constable Rod LeClair said the officers were staged to help “keep peace in the town” after the ruling, CBC reported.

Video of the incident recorded by officers showed a masked protester approached the police vehicle with a lacrosse stick in his hands.

“And the male with camo is throwing rocks at us,” the officer told the dispatcher as the man approached the police car.

The video showed the man walked up to the driver’s door of the police car and slammed the lacrosse stick into it.

Then he began beating on the driver’s window with the end of the metal stick, the video showed.

Next a man in black mask and a camouflage jacket rushed up to the hood of the vehicle and hurled a large rock at the windshield, breaking the glass.

Then he walked over to the passenger side of the police car and punched the passenger’s window, the video showed.

That was when the man with the lacrosse stick resumed beating on the vehicle, slamming the metal pole into the hood of the car repeatedly.

He next approached the passenger-side front window and tried to smash it by beating the end of his lacrosse stick against it over and over, the video showed.

The video showed he bent and scooped up a basket full of rocks with his lacrosse stick and returned to the front of the vehicle.

Another protester approached the car and made obscene gestures at the officers.

Then the man with the lacrosse stick lobbed the rock at the windshield but missed his target, the video showed.

He returned to the driver’s side window and began hitting it with his stick again but then the officer reached for the door handle to open it, and the attacker fled, the video showed.

The protesters were furious when they saw what the police commissioner had posted about them and claimed the video had been taken out of context, CBC reported.

“I think it’s really despicable content that you show a one-minute clip out of context,” Skyler Williams, a spokesman for the group that has been occupying the area for more than 100 days, said. “That was just following rubber bullets being fired at people, a guy getting Tasered.”

“These are the tactics that we’re used to seeing from not just the OPP, but police in general, across the county when it comes to dealing with people of color. This is why Black Lives Matter is the way it is. This is why Indigenous standoffs are happening across the country,” Williams told reporters at a press conference on Monday.

But Constable LeClair said police only fired one rubber bullet during the confrontation and deployed a Taser to “gain control of the assaultive suspects,” CBC reported.

Police said one of the men featured in the video had been identified and would be charged.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford called the protesters antics “disgusting” and “unfortunate,” CBC reported.

“Don’t be attacking our police officers, they’re there to help you, to support you, to keep law and order,” Ford said. “Just imagine if we didn’t have the police, there’d be anarchy.”

Watch the incident unfold in the video below. WARNING – Graphic Content:

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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