Ten active police officers and five retired in the Canadian province of Ontario are taking their government to court arguing that the province’s recent dystopian lockdown is unconstitutional.
They are also arguing that the government’s recent moves, that includes stopping people out for a walk and in cars without cause, violates the oath that police take.
Anyone who refuses to provide information on why they are outside their home, where they are going, and their address are subject to arrest.
The police argue that the government is turning a democracy into a police state.
The Toronto Sun provides the details:
The notice of application, filed last week in Ontario Superior Court, names Premier Doug Ford, the Attorneys General of Ontario and Canada, and chiefs of Toronto, York, Niagara, Ottawa and Hamilton police services as respondents. It challenges the province’s COVID-19 measures as unconstitutional, and also argues that forcing police to enforce the rules is a violation of the oath undertaken by Ontario’s sworn officers.
Many Ontario police officers, said Lawyer Rocco Galati of the Constitutional Rights Centre and representative of the 15 officers, don’t receive enforcement guidance from legislation.
“They’re taking their cue from the moron politicians and supervisors who haven’t taken the time to read the law and realize, this is not easy to enforce unless you want to make your own law on the spot,” he said.
“These regulations lead to police state and martial law measures.”
When Ontario Premier Doug Ford first announced the move 43 of the province’s 44 police departments announced they wouldn’t be enforcing some of the new restrictions. READ: Canadian officials forced to backtrack on extreme COVID restrictions after police refuse to enforce them