Ottawa constable pleads guilty to donating money to the Freedom Convoy after prosecution by her fellow officers

Ottawa Police Services' Professional Standards Unit was informed about then-Constable Neilson's donation through the site GiveSendGo and then launched their investigation.

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Ottawa Police Constable Kristina Neilson pleaded guilty on Thursday with discreditable conduct under Canada's Police Services Act for donating money to the Freedom Convoy during their protests over Canada's strict Covid vaccination mandates.

According to CTV News, Ottawa Police Services' Professional Standards Unit was informed about Neilson's donation through the site GiveSendGo and then launched their investigation.

The allegations were served to Neilson last month, alleging that she knew that the convoy was an "illegal occupation" but donated to the overwhelmingly peaceful protest.

Neilson allegedly donated to the Convoy protest on February 5, just a week after the convoy arrived in town. The OPS says that the donation amounted to "acting in a disorderly manner" and that she should have known that donating was providing funds to an "illegal occupation." 

The donation was made weeks before law enforcement cracked down on the protest, and a day before Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson declared a state of emergency in the city.

The donation was also made before an Ontario judge placed a ban on Freedom Convoy funds and more than a week before the Trudeau Liberals invoked the Emergency Act, which had never been used in Canadian history, up until that point.

Convoy organizers were forced to resort to GiveSendGo after GoFundMe took down the protests original fundraiser that had already amassed $10 million.

The decision by the crowdsourcing platform was slammed by protest supporters, including Tesla and Space X CEO Elon Musk, who called the move a "double standard" due to the company's willingness to endorse far-left causes, like the CHAZ/CHOP that shut down city blocks in Seattle during the summer of 2020.

The move was made due in part to allegations that the funds were being made by American conservatives to destabilize a foreign democracy. This would later be found to be false, as CEO President Juan Benitez admitted that nearly 90 percent of donations to the movement were from Canada. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had said beforehand that the "foreign money funding the protests [has] to stop."

In March, the OPS said that it would be investigating officers who donated to the convoy.

“We need to deal with the people who supported it, because there’s no room for them,” said Interim Police Chief Steve Bell in a comment.

A list of convoy donors was illegally leaked via a hack, with CBC journalists also releasing lists of bad Canadians who contributed to the GiveSendGo. Six officers were identified.

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