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Charges dropped after police concluded there was no 'security threat,' regional police say of York.

Rebel News representative arrested while attempting to interview Chrystia Freeland

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David Menzies of Rebel News just before his arrest in Richmond Hill, while asking Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland a question.


David Menzies of Rebel News was arrested Monday for allegedly assaulting a police officer while he attempted to ask questions to Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland on the government's decision to remove the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) from the list of designated terrorist entities.

Video of the incident posted online shows David Menzies briefly colliding with a police officer in Richmond Hill as he sought to question the minister about the IRGC during an event marking the downing of Flight PS752, a Ukrainian International Airlines plane that was shot down by the Iranian military in January 2020, killing dozens of Canadians.

In the video of the incident, we see that the police officer cut off David Menzies while he was holding a microphone in the parking lot of a small shopping center. The police officer then grabbed the lapel of his jacket, pushed him against a wall and accused him of assault while he was arresting him.

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Mr. Menzies is a provocative character who has had run-ins with the police and security services in the past.

David Menzies replied that he had not touched anyone, adding that it was a false accusation of assault. I didn't come here to cause trouble. I came here to do my job and now I'm handcuffed. This is your Canada now, folks. It was the Gestapo following blackface orders, Menzies continued – an apparent reference to Prime Minister Trudeau, who also attended the event.

Menzies asked the officer for his name and badge number, but the answers to these questions – if they were given – are not audible on the recording.

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A York Regional Police spokesperson later identified the officer in the video as a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Protective Team.

It was determined that there was no credible security threat, and the subject was released unconditionally shortly after, the spokesperson said. York Regional Police officers assisted as the interaction took place in our area, he added.

On the RCMP side, a spokesperson said that the federal police service is reviewing the incident and the actions of all parties involved and that 'no comments are available at the moment.

Minister Freeland, who has been the subject of threats and tense public confrontations in the past, is regularly monitored by police for her safety.

The Finance Minister ignored Mr. Menzies' questions and said nothing during the arrest.

Mr. Menzies is a provocative character who has had run-ins with the police and security services in the past, including being arrested by Mr. Trudeau's protective detail during a # x27;an event in Toronto in 2021.

He was also arrested during a meeting in 2021 with Melissa Lantsman, now vice-president of the Conservative Party, in Thornhill, Ontario. Ms. Lantsman, who is a lesbian, said her questions became homophobic and focused on her sexual orientation.

Mr. Menzies was also excluded from a 2019 campaign event for then-Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer.

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David Menzie at the campaign event for Andrew Scheer, in 2019, Ontario

Rebel News widely distributed video of the most recent incident.< /p>

Chrystia Freeland's bodyguards attack and arrest David Menzies when he asks her a question, can we read on his website.

The police lied about the attack. They were the ones who attacked him, says the site in its post on the incident.

According to data from “>Reached by email Tuesday, Rebel News founder and owner Ezra Levant said he and Menzies were considering legal action against the police.

We have not yet finalized our legal strategy, but at this point I expect that we will pursue the RCMP and the regional police of York, along with Chrystia Freeland, for unlawful arrest, unlawful imprisonment, malicious prosecution and assault, Ezra Levant told CBC News.

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Ezra Levant is founder and owner of Rebel News. (File photo)

These government defendants will have unlimited public resources, while we receive no funds public. This is why we are going to finance David's litigation through a crowdfunding campaign.

The Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre condemned the arrest by sharing a video of the incident with the following message: This is where press freedom stands. In Canada. In 2024. After eight years of Trudeau.

Conservative MP Marilyn Gladu, party spokesperson for Civil Liberties, said in the media that she wanted the House of Commons heritage committee to be recalled from its winter break to study the issue and demand transparency and accountability regarding the arrest of Mr. Menzies.

With information from CBC News< /em>

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

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