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Freeland denies any involvement in the choice to arrest the Rebel News representative

Adrian Wyld The Canadian Press David Menzies was arrested Monday by an RCMP officer providing security for Minister Chrystia Freeland.

The Canadian Press in Ottawa

4:39 p.m.

  • Canada

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland says politicians have no say in operational decisions made by police – and that's why she has nothing else to say about the arrest of a Rebel News personality.

David Menzies, a commentator for the website, was arrested Monday by an RCMP officer providing security for Ms. Freeland while he attempted to ask the minister questions outside an event in Richmond Hill, Ontario.

A Rebel News video shows Mr. Menzies being told he was arrested for assault because he pushed a police officer. David Menzies then responds that it was the police officer who hit him.

Mr. Menzies, who has previously been arrested at political events featuring conservative politicians, said in an interview that he believes he was arrested because liberals did not like his speech or his questions.< /p>

Ms. Freeland, who is also Deputy Prime Minister, affirmed that Canada is a democracy and that the police make operational decisions within their prerogatives.

York Regional Police said Mr. Menzies was released unconditionally after determining there was no credible threat to security, and the RCMP said they were investigating the incident and the actions of everyone involved.

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Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116