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Police confirm flood of calls came from truck convoy protesters, U.S.-based addresses

Ottawa police said their call centre has almost been jammed by the called on Wednesday night.
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Ottawa Police location on Elgin Street in November 2020. (Photo/Dani-Elle Dubé)

When Ottawa police 911 call centre was flooded with calls, most of those numbers calling in were from the United States, Ottawa’s police chief Peter Sloly confirmed.

In a media briefing on Thursday, February 10, Sloly said the calls — which almost jammed up the line on Wednesday night — were coming in by “elements supporting the core demonstrations in our country.”

Sloly said dispatchers are putting in contingencies to move those calls elsewhere as more come in — and have already come in when the protests started.

The swatting and doxing, he added, has been a regular occurrence and they’re almost often from U.S.-based addresses.

(Doxing is the act of publishing private or identifying information about an individual on the internet with malicious intent).

Earlier Thursday, police wanted to remind anyone who was calling to swat or dox police through the “concerted effort” that police are tracking the calls.

Anyone caught deliberately interfering with emergencies will be charged.

 

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