A Canadian police officer has been persecuted and prosecuted for having dared to donate $36.66 USD of his own money to the Freedom Convoy.
Windsor Police Service Const. Michael Brisco learned on May 18 that, following his discreditable conduct conviction under the Police Services Act, he must now work 80 hours for free as a penalty for his private expenditure, which evidently upset the sensitivities of the state, reported CTV News.
Brisco, a 15-year veteran on the force with no previous history of disciplinary actions, reportedly made the donation on Feb. 7, 2022, after he was suspended for refusing to provide papers evidencing compliance with vaccine requirements, reported the Windsor Star.
The constable admitted to posting this message along with his donation: “Thank you fellow Canadians for fighting for freedom at the base of Sauron’s Tower. The world is watching … and we see Trudeau’s true colours.”
Brisco intended to send the fruit of his labor to the organizers of the Freedom Convoy, a movement drawing support from across the country that peacefully protested the Trudeau government’s apparent contravention of Canadian mobility rights and imposition of strict COVID restrictions. However, according to Brisco’s defense lawyer, Shane Miles, the money hadn’t even made it to the protest organizers because the Trudeau government had the dissenters’ online accounts frozen.
In addition to freezing bank accounts and online transactions, the Trudeau government implemented martial law, thereby squelching the rash of populist dissent. It was later revealed that members of his liberal cabinet had mulled over whether to deploy German-made Leopard 2 tanks, designed to engage Russian heavy armor in battle, against the protesters.
Since Brisco was reportedly unapologetic for attempting to support the cause of freedom — having proudly stated, “I’m ready to accept whatever penalty you wish to give me” — lawyers for the Windsor police stressed their preference that the constable perform 140 hours of unpaid labor.
That number was shaved down to 80 hours.
“Constable Brisco betrayed the trust of his fellow officers, the community and the Windsor Police Service (WPS),” said Morris Elbers, the Ontario Provincial Police superintendent who adjudicated the constable’s case. “The donation which was made was in total opposition to the hardworking police officers from across the province who worked day and night to keep the peace in Ottawa and Windsor specifically and elsewhere in this country.”
“The discreditable conduct displayed by this officer has caused damage to the reputation of this organization,” added Elbers.
It is unclear whether Elbers feels the beatings of unarmed, peaceful Freedom Convoy protesters or the theft of truckers’ gasoline amid frigid temperatures similarly did reputational damage to the force.
Elbers further suggested that “as a police officer there comes a time when you must take the political issues out of your head when you are making decisions.”
It appears not all causes and protests are made equal in the eyes of the Windsor police.
Former Windsor Police Chief Pam Mizuno lavished BLM identitarians with praise in 2020, stating, “The demonstrations that we had in our city were awesome events to attend, really showing how wonderful our community is to have those demonstrations and it is a difficult conversation,” reported iHeartRadio.
There appear to be no reports of officers donating to BLM or being punished for doing so.
Windsor Police also accommodated Indian protesters with the Idle No More movement who blockaded the Ambassador Bridge to Detroit in 2014. Martial law was not then declared.
Miles underscored, “This isn’t an officer who used force that was excessive. This isn’t an officer who treated the public poorly. … This is an officer who donated $50.”
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