‘Dumb as a bag of hammers’: Jailed ‘Freedom Convoy’ trucker likens Ottawa police to ‘Keystone Kops’

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Guy Meister, a trucker with the “Freedom Convoy” in Ottawa who was arrested for protesting, asserted that the Canadian police resembled the “Keystone Kops” when they were trying to break up the demonstration, claiming they were incredibly disorganized and incompetent.

Officers also complained about the operation and how chaotic it was according to Meister in an interview with the Daily Mail.

“You could tell they were overwhelmed. They were as dumb as a bag of hammers,” Meister, 53, stated.

“They wanted to take my booking photograph, but I had to wait for several minutes because they were having issues with the ‘mug shot board.’ They first took my picture before they realized that it didn’t have any numbers on the board I was holding,” he recounted. “What should have taken a few minutes turned into 20 minutes, all in the freezing cold.”

“And while I was in the paddy wagon waiting to be processed, I could hear the cops complaining to each other how disorganized the entire situation was and complaining about the lack of planning on the part of their superiors,” Meister continued.

(Video Credit: The Daily Mail)

The trucker is from Aylesford, Nova Scotia. He was arrested at approximately noon last Friday during a crackdown as hundreds of police officers in full riot gear descended on protesters. Police arrested at least 196 demonstrators and towed 115 vehicles that Mayor Jim Watson now intends to sell.

Meister was charged with criminal mischief which has a maximum sentence of ten years and was given a March 10 court date. He says he will plead not guilty at his hearing.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police are now investigating leaked text messages that appear to show a number of officers taking great delight in the brutality of Friday’s crackdown. One of those messages allegedly cheered a grandmother on a mobility scooter being trampled by mounted police.

(Video Credit: The Daily Mail)

“Just watched the horse video – that is awesome,” the officer allegedly wrote. “We should practice that maneuver.”

Meister was in his truck with a friend when he saw a number of police officers in riot gear coming toward them.

“I thought they were going toward the, but they stopped at our truck and surrounded us. One police officer had a hammer-like instrument in his hand and smashed the driver side window of the truck and demanded my friend get out of the vehicle,” he stated. “He had broken glass all over him got out of the vehicle, where he was quicky arrested. I quickly opened the door and got out, not wanting the police to smash my window.”

“I got down out of the truck, the police told me to face the truck and they quickly placed me in a zippy tie handcuff,” he recalled, noting that there were several police officers that were dressed in tactical riot gear, helmets, bulletproof vests, and carrying AR-15 .223 caliber assault rifles.

His friend was carted off while he was forced to stand in 5-degree temperatures.

“My hands were freezing, I asked the officer if we could stand at least closer to the engine exhaust so I can keep warm, the officer agreed and led me around to the back of the truck near the exhaust pipe,” he said.

Meister was forced to wait outside for at least 30 minutes.

“The special forces police officer was extremely professional, he apologized to me at least 10 times. He told me that he’s only doing his job and he didn’t want to be doing this, and ‘only following orders,’” the trucker said.

“He was a top-shelf guy,” remarked Meister, “at one point he even helped me straighten out my hat, while I was in zippy tie cuffs.”

He charged that the Ottawa Police were not professional in the least, “They were like the Keystone Kops. There was no organization.”

The special forces officer made sure that Meister did not slip on the ice as he took him to the paddy wagon. But as soon as the local police took over, that all changed.

They allegedly bent him over face-first against their vehicle to roughly search him.

“They started pulling things out of my pockets, my cell phone, lighter, wallet, and gloves. At one point they were putting their hands in my front pocket to pull out whatever I had in there. To make it easier for them I moved my hips so they could get a better angle in searching my pockets. The officer didn’t like it and shoved me against the vehicle in an aggressive manner. This was after I told them several times, I’m not going to resist, I am peaceful,” Meister commented during the interview.

He was forced into a paddy wagon where he waited for another 30 minutes before they transported him to get processed.

The handcuffs they put on his wrists cut off his circulation, “They were going numb; I could not feel any of my fingers.” He asked the officers to loosen the handcuffs and they allegedly refused.

“We drove around for almost two hours before we arrived at some sort of gravel pit on the outskirts of Ottawa. It was there where a makeshift processing station with two trailers connected to each other had been set up,” he continued.

“The person who was fingerprinting us was this young kid about 25 years old. We were told it was his first time he’s ever fingerprinted anyone,” Meister said. “By the time they took the handcuffs off, my hands were close to being frostbitten. My arms and hands had gone numb. I couldn’t lift my arms to be properly fingerprinted and they had to physically lift me up so they could fingerprint me.”

“They were complete clowns. I never thought they were could be so ignorant,” he angrily stated.

Meister was released later that afternoon and his belongings were returned to him. He was forced to sign a promissory note and document stating he wouldn’t come within one kilometer of the parliamentary district. He has now retained an attorney.

“It’s going to cost at least CAN$2,000 (US$1,570) to get my truck back, I’m being charged $200 a day Canadian for storage,” he lamented.

He alleged that leaders of the convoy have gone underground or were arrested.

“They’ve gone underground and have appeared to drop off the face of the earth,” he told the media outlet.

“I knew what I was getting into when I came here. I’m old enough to make my own decisions. I didn’t expect anything from them so I can’t be disappointed. I was out there to make a difference and I think I did,” Meister proudly proclaimed.

He expressed his disgust with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, “He’s a piece of sh*t, an idiot.”

Trudeau is a dictator this is what he wanted all along, to control everything,” he told the Daily Mail. “It hurts me to say this, but under Trudeau, Canada is no longer a democracy.”

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