Canadian police charge four with conspiracy to kill cops with guns

Canadian police charge four with conspiracy to kill cops with guns

Chris Carbert, 44, is one of four accused of conspiring to kill a police officer.

Chris Carbert, 44, is one of four accused of conspiring to kill a police officer.

Four suspects face serious charges of conspiracy to kill police officers in connection with the seizure of firearms at the “Freedom Convoy” border blockade in Coutts, Alberta, although the city’s mayor claims they are all “outsiders” who were not part of a broader protest against mandates vaccination.

Chris Carbert, 44; Christopher Lysack, 48; Anthony Olienik, 39; and Jerry Morin, 40, were arrested Monday and charged with possession of a weapon for dangerous purposes, mischief and conspiracy to commit murder.

Troubling allegations were made as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau considers using his emergency powers to create ‘no-go’ zones in Ottawa to dispel remaining protests after the Coutts blockade ended peacefully and another blockade in Manitoba was due to break on Wednesday .

One of the four accused in the conspiracy to kill Mountie, Lysak, is associated with a right-wing Canadian movement dubbed “Diagolon” and faces an additional charge of threats.

The Canadian Anti-Hate Network calls Diagolon “a network of far-right accelerationist survivalists” and says that Lysak was once called “Diagolon’s head of security.”

Diagolon founder Jeremy McKenzie, who podcasts under the pseudonym “Raging Dissident”, released a video statement in response to images showing the symbol of his movement on a bulletproof vest captured in the Coutts raid, in which 13 long guns and several handguns were found by the Mounties. .

“I have no idea where they came from, who they belong to, who put them there, who brought them there – did the police put them there?” Mackenzie said of the diagonal symbol, a diagonal white stripe on a black field.

McKenzie claims that his move was intended as a joke while “quite stoned on edible marijuana” and that the name and symbol is a diagonal stripe from Alaska to Florida, across Canada and the US, states and provinces that oppose mandates and other restrictions related to the pandemic.

Symbols of the Diagolon movement were found on bulletproof vests seized in Coutts on Monday.  The founder of the movement claims that the police may have planted his flag on the seized materials to expose his case.

Symbols of the Diagolon movement were found on bulletproof vests seized in Coutts on Monday. The founder of the movement claims that the police may have planted his flag on the seized materials to expose his case.

Militias in Alberta seized this weapons cache on Monday morning, but the mayor of the village where it was found says the weapons were not connected to the ongoing Freedom Escort riots.

Militias in Alberta seized this weapons cache on Monday morning, but the mayor of the village where it was found says the weapons were not connected to the ongoing Freedom Escort riots.

COVID-19 vaccine demonstrators leave in a truck convoy after a highway closure at a busy U.S. border crossing in Coutts, Alberta on Tuesday.

COVID-19 vaccine demonstrators leave in a truck convoy after a highway closure at a busy U.S. border crossing in Coutts, Alberta on Tuesday.

Lesser charges in connection with the Coutts raid are: Luke Burke, 62; Joan Person, 62; Johnson Lowe, 39; Jacqueline Martin, 39; Evan Colenat, 23; Ursula Allred, 22; Justin Martin, 22; True Stewart Ohler, 22; and Yanks Zaremba, 18.

According to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, they are charged with disorderly conduct and illegal possession of weapons in connection with the blockade.

“Monday’s seizure of weapons and subsequent arrests speak to the serious criminal activity that took place during this protest and illegal blockade,” said RCMP Deputy Commissioner Curtis Zablock.

“The dangerous criminal activity taking place away from TV cameras and social media messages was real and organized and could be deadly for citizens, protesters and officers,” he added.

The mayor of Coutts told DailyMail.com that those arrested were not members of the Freedom Convoy, despite being initially associated with ongoing anti-vaccination protests.

“The people who were actually involved in the arrests were not part of the blockade group,” Mayor Jim Willett said. “They were outsiders.

The mayor called these people outsiders agitators who came to the city after the start of the protest.

“Over time, the protest began to attract people from outside,” he said. “They started to attract an unwanted element. The people who were actually involved in the detentions were not part of the blockade group. They were outsiders.

Johnson Lowe, 39 Johnson Lowe, 39

Johnson Lowe, 39, was among those arrested on smaller charges of mischief and illegal possession of weapons in connection with the Coutts, Alberta blockade.

Police cars look down an empty highway after COVID-19 vaccine demonstrators drove off after a highway blockade at a busy U.S. border crossing in Coutts, Alberta, Tuesday.

Police cars look down an empty highway after COVID-19 vaccine demonstrators drove off after a highway blockade at a busy U.S. border crossing in Coutts, Alberta, Tuesday.

COVID-19 vaccine demonstrators leave in a truck convoy after a highway closure at a busy U.S. border crossing in Coutts, Alberta, Tuesday.

COVID-19 vaccine demonstrators leave in a truck convoy after a highway closure at a busy U.S. border crossing in Coutts, Alberta, Tuesday.

Meanwhile, following the resignation of the Ottawa police chief, Trudeau’s government is considering introducing no-go zones in the nation’s capital, using special powers under the Emergency Act.

Public Security Minister Marco Mendicino said at a press conference that the action could include declaring “certain areas adjacent to critical infrastructure, such as borders, such as our national symbols, including legislative bodies, such as military monuments … as a restricted area.”

The Freedom Convoy, a trucker-led movement calling on the government to end vaccination mandates, is mostly based in Ottawa, where parts of the nation’s capital have been occupied by protesters since late January.

The convoy also blocked U.S. border crossings, including a key trade route to Detroit that was cleared by police over the weekend.

Now the only remaining blockade is in Emerson, Manitoba, but the RCMP says the blockade is expected to end peacefully on Wednesday.

In a written statement on Tuesday, Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson and Attorney General Kelvin Herzen thanked provincial law enforcement for “respectfully de-escalating the situation without the use of force.”

They also urged the federal government in Ottawa to work towards lifting border restrictions, including a mandate to vaccinate truckers, sparking protests across Canada.

Controversy over how police have dealt with protests in Ottawa prompted the sudden resignation of police chief Peter Sloli on Tuesday.

Controversy over how police have dealt with protests in Ottawa prompted the sudden resignation of police chief Peter Sloli on Tuesday.

A demonstrator holds the Canadian national flag during a truckers' protest against the pandemic health rules and the Trudeau government outside the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa on Tuesday.

A demonstrator holds the Canadian national flag during a truckers’ protest against the pandemic health rules and the Trudeau government outside the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa on Tuesday.

Vehicles block the road during a truckers' protest against the pandemic health rules and the Trudeau government outside the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa on Tuesday.

Vehicles block the road during a truckers’ protest against the pandemic health rules and the Trudeau government outside the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa on Tuesday.

Controversy over how police have dealt with protests in Ottawa prompted the sudden resignation of police chief Peter Sloli on Tuesday.

He resigned after being criticized for not doing enough to end the unruly protests, prompting Trudeau to use emergency powers on Monday.

Ottawa police did not respond to a request for comment, and Public Safety Secretary Trudeau said the government had nothing to do with his decision to step down.

Seven of the 11 arrested were released on Tuesday without bail following a virtual provincial court hearing in Lethbridge, Alberta, while four who face more serious charges are in custody pending bail hearings on Friday.

“People who were not charged with conspiracy to commit murder were released with their consent,” defense attorney Yoav Neev, whose firm represents several of the accused, told DailyMail.com.

He did not comment on the details of the case other than to say, “All are presumed innocent until proven guilty.”

Calgary resident Johnson Cheechow Low, who was one of those arrested on lesser charges, is a constant caretaker for his two young daughters and is a hard worker, a friend told DailyMail.com on Tuesday.

“Honestly, I’m shocked by this news,” said a friend who asked not to be named given the controversial nature of the protests.

The Freedom Convoy, a trucker-led movement calling on the government to end vaccination mandates, is primarily based in Ottawa.  A protester raises the flag in the country's capital on February 15, 2022.

The Freedom Convoy, a trucker-led movement calling on the government to end vaccination mandates, is primarily based in Ottawa. A protester raises the flag in the country’s capital on February 15, 2022.

Pictured: Protest supporters haul fuel canisters in vans in front of Parliament Hill on February 15, 2022.

Pictured: Protest supporters haul fuel canisters in vans in front of Parliament Hill on February 15, 2022.

Pictured is a trucker lifting weights between protests against Covid-19 mandates on February 15, 2022.

Pictured is a trucker lifting weights between protests against Covid-19 mandates on February 15, 2022.

Joan Person, also arrested on lesser charges, posted about her ordeal on a Facebook chat group for Coutts protesters.

“Go help us,” she wrote, omitting the last letter of the word “God.”

“The full tactic is in my house and they tell (sic) us to leave the house and that they are coming in. Oh my God. Please help us.

“They threaten (sic) me. I fear for our lives,” she added.

In other developments, an Ontario employee quit after hackers discovered she donated $100 to the Freedom Convoy protests earlier this month.

Marion Isabeau-Ringuette, who was director of communications for Ontario Solicitor General Sylvia Jones, lost her job 10 days after making the donation, Toronto Star reports.

‘RS. Isabeau-Ringet is no longer with the government of Ontario,” Ivana Yelich, Ford’s chief media officer, told the publication.

“We are no longer commenting as this is a staffing issue.”

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