During the protests down at Coutts border there were three excavators parked on private property. They were found sabotaged — fuel lines had spray foam in them, hydraulic lines had spray foam in them, battery cables were cut, control box cables were cut, filters were taken, and various other electrical lines were cut. These vehicles are not cheap to fix. The RCMP has said they had the vehicles sabotaged as they may be used in a criminal act, well if that is all you need to sabotage a vehicle is that it may be used in a criminal act, I guess all of our vehicles are now targets for the RCMP as any vehicle could be used for a criminal act.
I know if I sabotaged these vehicles I would be in jail for it. I am demanding the RCMP arrest the officers that sabotaged the excavators and the officers that told them to. As these people should not be allowed to enforce the law. The RCMP must be held accountable. These officers need to lose their jobs and go to jail. Anything else is not acceptable. Do we want criminals enforcing the laws they do not obey?
There is another option and that is for Alberta to remove the RCMP and start an Alberta Police Force that will be held accountable if there officers did something so Illegal.
I call on the people of Alberta to call your local mayors/councillors/MLAs and demand justice prevail. These RCMP officers must be held to account for their illegal activities or they must leave the province and we must get an Alberta Police Force, that will be held accountable if they break the law.
Troy Savinkoff, a corporal with the RCMP, confirmed they “disabled” (really sabotaged) three excavators as they may be used in the blockade. Does this mean any trucker flying Canadian flags and just heading towards a protest can be stopped and have their vehicle “disabled” like they did with the excavators?
This is not the free country I grew up in. Police are to enforce laws, not break them.
Paul Thomas, Coaldale