Thunder Bay Police Won’t Lay Charges in Local Standing Rock Demonstration

Thunder Bay police say no charges will be laid in connection with a December 2016 rally on Memorial Avenue in Thunder Bay in support of the Standing Rock environmental movement. (Jody Porter/CBC)

Thunder Bay police say no charges will be laid in connection with a December 2016 rally on Memorial Avenue in Thunder Bay in support of the Standing Rock environmental movement. (Jody Porter/CBC)

Police review found public safety maintained, disruption minimal

CBC News Posted: Dec 16, 2016

Thunder Bay police won’t lay charges against the organizers of and participants in a rally in support of the Standing Rock environmental movement that took place in the city.

The police service announced the decision in a written release Friday afternoon, after the completion of a review of the local demonstration.

More than 100 demonstrators carrying signs took over the intersection of Memorial Avenue and the Harbour Expressway in Thunder Bay, Ont. during the noon hour on Monday, Dec. 5.

In its release, Thunder Bay police said that “traffic flow in the area of the demonstration was managed by [police] officers to minimize disruptions for motorists.”

The force also described the rally as peaceful.

“Our primary concern was public safety,” said Insp. Dan Taddeo — the police commander at the demonstration site, and the person in charge of the review — was quoted as saying in Friday’s release.

“Steps were taken to ensure that no one was put in any danger as a result of the demonstration.”

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/thunder-bay-standing-rock-no-charges-1.3900861?cmp=abfb

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