Sec­ond pro­tester charged

Po­lice re­lease im­ages of peo­ple they want to iden­tify af­ter vi­o­lence at Sept. 30 rally at Con­fed­er­a­tion Square

The Peterborough Examiner - - OPINION - EX­AM­INER STAFF

City po­lice have laid charges against a sec­ond per­son af­ter vi­o­lence broke out at a Sept. 30 counter-rally to a planned rally by white na­tion­al­ists at Con­fed­er­a­tion Square.

Po­lice are also turn­ing to the pub­lic for as­sis­tance and have re­leased sev­eral pho­to­graphs in an at­tempt to iden­tify sev­eral peo­ple as part of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the vi­o­lence.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to call city po­lice at 705-876-1122 ext. 555 or con­tact Crime Stop­pers anony­mously at 1-800-222-TIPS or on­line at www.stopcrime­here.ca.

Vi­o­lence broke out dur­ing the event, af­ter hun­dreds gath­ered in the square as part of Sol­i­dar­ity Week­end, a show of unity in re­sponse to an anti-im­mi­gra­tion rally planned by a white na­tional group that ended up not hap­pen­ing.

Vi­o­lence broke out at about 2:45 p.m. when sev­eral peo­ple cov­ered their faces with ban­danas. The counter-pro­test­ers iden­tify as be­ing part of An­tifa, short for “anti-fas­cist.”

Dur­ing the rally, po­lice tried to re­move a man in a Nazi T-shirt from the crowd by es­cort­ing them to a po­lice cruiser when an un­known pro­tester con­ceal­ing their iden­tity emerged from the crowd to strike the per­son in the head, po­lice said.

One of the pro­test­ers – who gave the name Jane Way when in­ter­viewed by The Ex­am­iner – was ini­tially ar­rested and held in a po­lice cruiser be­fore be­ing re­leased af­ter pro­test­ers swarmed the cruiser, block­ing traf­fic at Ge­orge St. and McDon­nel St. for about 20 min­utes.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­vealed that the name the pro­tester pro­vided to of­fi­cers at the time of ar­rest was false, po­lice said Thurs­day. The real iden­tity was con­firmed af­ter fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“Dur­ing the rally po­lice at­tempted to re­move a per­son from the crowd by es­cort­ing them to a po­lice cruiser,” city po­lice state in a re­lease. “At that point an un­known pro­tester con­ceal­ing their iden­tity emerged from the crowd and struck the per­son in the head. The pro­tester was ini­tially ar­rested and sub­se­quently re­leased un­con­di­tion­ally. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­vealed that the name the pro­tester pro­vided to of­fi­cers at the time of ar­rest was false.”

Po­lice later iden­ti­fied the sus­pect and went to a Toronto home Oct. 5.

Wil­liam Oc­to­ber, 22, of Rich­mond St. W., was charged with as­sault and ob­struct­ing peace of­fi­cer.

Oc­to­ber was re­leased and will ap­pear in court Oct. 26.

City po­lice com­mu­ni­ca­tions co­or­di­na­tor Lau­ren Gilchrist said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the rally con­tin­ues and in­ves­ti­ga­tors would like to speak with the in­di­vid­u­als.

“As it is an on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion we are not able to elab­o­rate fur­ther at this time,” she stated.

A 22-year-old Wolfe St. man was also ar­rested af­ter the man in the Nazi T-shirt was punched on the south side of the square, po­lice said pre­vi­ously. Owen Lu­cas was charged with as­sault caus­ing bod­ily harm.

CITY PO­LICE PHOTO

The Peter­bor­ough Po­lice Ser­vice has re­leased sev­eral pho­to­graphs taken Sept. 30 dur­ing the rally against white na­tion­al­ism at Con­fed­er­a­tion Square, ask­ing for tips to help iden­tify peo­ple who were there. Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to call city po­lice at 705876-1122 ext. 555 or con­tact Crime Stop­pers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www. stopcrime­here.ca.

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