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Ottawa police continue to lay serious charges for spitting on officers during pandemic

Two incidents have been reported by police in the last week.
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Ottawa Police Service vehicle, February 28, 2018. (Photo/ Mike Vlasveld)

A 28-year-old man is facing charges, including assault of a police officer, after Ottawa police say an officer was spit on while responding to a disturbance on George Street in the ByWard Market.

Officers arrived on the scene around 8:30 a.m. to find a man refusing to leave the premises. According to police, the man still refused to leave and spat on one of the officers. 

It was the second such incident in less than a week.

The man was arrested.

Corey Stuart Gmelin, of no fixed address, has been charged with:

  • Assault Police
  • Causing a Disturbance
  • Breach of Probation

He is scheduled to appear in show cause court on Wednesday.

The Ottawa Police Service is treating threats to the well-being of residents and its members seriously. It explains that spitting on another person is considered an assault and charges will be considered accordingly.

Mike Vlasveld

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