'We have this all backwards': Ottawa police 'should be fired' for taking cautious approach to trucker convoy, Canadians say

'We have this all backwards': Ottawa police 'should be fired' for taking cautious approach to trucker convoy, Canadians say
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The Ottawa police is facing heavy criticism online for how it’s handling the ongoing trucker convoy, which has been in place in the country's capital since the weekend.

Police Service Chief Peter Sloly has called the demonstrators “unlawful” and stressed there will be consequences for their behaviour, with arrests made and more coming. He called the demonstration "unique and unprecedented" and said that they are considering asking for help from the Canadian Armed Forces. However, many on Twitter are targeting Ottawa’s police for not doing enough, and are advocating for them to be defunded.

Since the weekend, Ottawa downtown core has been inaccessible, with residents being subjected to non-stop honking.

Monuments have been desecrated and there have been posts on social media of demonstrators carrying flags associated with fascism and white supremacy, like Swastikas and confederate flags. Some shelters in the area have released statements to speak out about the impact the protests have had on volunteers and people experiencing homelessness.

Some users online have pointed out that protests led by Indigenous or Black demonstrators are treated much differently than how the convoy is being dealt with so far.

Others stressed that how the Ottawa police force is handling the convoy demonstration is an example of why the they need to be defunded.

Ottawa police said they were unavailable to speak with Yahoo Canada News but directed us to a video of Chief Sloly's comments made regarding the demonstration yesterday during a briefing with City Council.