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100 police cruisers, 6 busses full of cops in position in Ottawa – live feed

Update Noon February 17: Alexandra Lavoie noted on her live stream that Ottawa police are now handing out red flyers in place of yesterday’s blue flyers. There are no new releases on the OPS website yet today.

Freedom Convoy 2022’s Pat King has been livestreaming events in downtown Ottawa since before 6am February 17th. Approximately 100 police cruisers and at least 6 busses filled with police officers were counted by 7am.

The CBC is live streaming the Olympics.

In a release posted Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at 5:28pm, Ottawa’s Interim Police Chief Steve Bell wrote to Ottawa’s Mayor and Members of Council,

“This morning, the command of the OPP, RCMP and Ottawa Police were briefed on the significant steps being taken to bring a safe end to this crisis.

The Ottawa Police remains the police of jurisdiction and lead of this integrated command.

This is the city we are sworn to protect. It’s our responsibility and our job to safely remove this unlawful protest . The RCMP and OPP are here to support us and I thank them for the significant efforts and resources they are bringing forward.

We have a methodical and well-resourced plan with a simple mission:

We are going to take back the entirety of the downtown core and every occupied space. We are going to remove this unlawful protest. We will return our city to a state of normalcy.”

Read Bell’s full statement here.