The downtown blockade lasted from January 29 to February 20, 2022. (File photo)
The trial was frequently delayed due to issues with the admissibility of evidence.
Defense lawyers want emails that show what evidence police officers were asked to turn over in connection with this case, as well as any instructions given to officers about updating the software on their cellphones at the end of the investigation. protest.
This software update may have deleted messages between Mr. Barber and the police liaison Nicole Bach, who was considered one of the main contacts of the organizer of the convoy.
In response to its request, the defense received only heavily redacted emails. The Crown and Ottawa police maintain that this redaction excluded information that was irrelevant to the case or protected by attorney-client privilege.
The Crown, defense lawyers and those from the Ottawa police presented their legal arguments on the documents to the judge all day Thursday and early Friday.
Friday afternoon, the hearing of witnesses in this trial resumed with, on the stand, Sergeant Jordan Blonde, a police officer described as a secondary contact of Mr. Barber. Mr. Blonde described hostile scenes that led to the police operation to forcibly remove protesters from downtown Ottawa.
He told the court that police tried to hand out notices to protesters to leave the city center peacefully on February 16 and 17, 2022. One person then took the flyer and threw it into the street. the toilets in the middle of Wellington Street, which runs along Parliament Hill.
Sergeant Blonde also stated that on February 17, approximately three weeks after the start of the demonstration, he witnessed a scene in which demonstrators behaved in a hostile manner. He indicated that the police had withdrawn from an area located a few steps from Parliament Hill.
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