When it comes to the protest camp near the legislative building, the Regina Police Service will abide by whatever it is the courts decide.
There are two conflicting actions before the courts regarding the camp – one from the protestors to let them stay there, and another from the provincial government to make the protestors leave. The provincial court action requests that any court order be directed to the Regina Police Service specifically to enforce the bylaw.
“We, as a police service, obviously we follow the court. The court process will lay out what is going to be happening going forward, and we will comply with that,” said Regina Police Chief Evan Bray.
In mid-June six protestors were arrested for obstruction after a deadline from the province had passed for the camp to be dismantled, none of the six were ever charged. The camp was put back up the next day but police haven’t tried to dismantle it again.
Officers are stopping by the camp often to chat with protestors. Bray said his focus is still on public safety, including the safety of the protestors.
“The easiest way to ensure that is through good communication and understanding and relationship building. So that continues to happen and will continue to happen until we can get some resolution.”
Bray is confident he’s made the right decisions so far, not even waiting until a reporter finished asking the question before replying “yes”.