An organizer of a “slow-rolling” convoy protest in Peterborough, Ont., live-streamed his own arrest after the event on Saturday afternoon.
Protesting COVID-19 warrants, the convoy consisted of about 100 vehicles, according to the Peterborough Police Department. The vehicles traveled from the north end of town and ended at Morrow Park on Roger Neilson Way.
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City police said the convoy “respected all the rules of the road”.
However, around 2:30 p.m. on his Facebook live streamconvoy organizer Tyler Berry is seen sitting in the passenger seat of a vehicle parked on George Street when he is approached by city police officers.
In the video – recorded by an unidentified woman in the driver’s seat – Berry opens the window of the vehicle and an officer presents a document, indicating that it is an arrest warrant. The officer asks Berry to open the vehicle door and get out.
Berry repeatedly says, “I don’t consent” and refuses to open the door, saying, “I don’t wish to cooperate with your company. Because the Peterborough Police are a money-making company. Do you understand that?”
About eight minutes into the 22-minute video, an officer warns the window will be smashed unless the door is opened.
An officer then uses a tool that breaks the passenger side window and Berry is removed from the vehicle and is seen lying on the ground before officers drag him to a cruiser.
Shortly after, a group gathered in front of the police station on Water Street to protest Berry’s arrest.
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Although police are not releasing the names of the individuals, the service said a 31-year-old man ‘who participated in the convoy’ was arrested on George Street on an outstanding warrant for failing to appear in court on February 17.
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He was taken into custody for a bail hearing on Sunday. Details are not available on Sunday’s hearing.
Berry’s court appearance on February 17 was linked to his arrest on January 20 after an incident on January 19 at the home of Peterborough Public Health medical officer Dr Thomas Piggott. Berry – who again posted the incident on social media – and a 54-year-old woman have both been charged with stalking and intimidating a health official.
Berry in December 2021 also identified himself as one of 10 people charged under the Traffic Act for organizing and participating in a Christmas parade in the city without proper permits. Various offenses were named, including reckless driving, unnecessary slow driving, failure to stop at a red light, and failure to stop for an emergency vehicle.
Saturday’s “slow-roll convoy” was the second of consecutive weekends. On February 19, two men were arrested following a confrontation during the motorcade along Brealey Drive in the west of the city.
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