(FreedomBeacon.com)- During last weekend’s crackdown on the Canadian Freedom Convoy in Ottawa, a reporter for Rebel News was beaten by police and shot with a tear gas round.
Reporter Alexa Lavoie had been covering the protest on the ground for Canada’s Rebel News when Ottawa Police moved to clear the crowd protesting on Parliament Hill by using tear gas and forming a line of officers wielding batons to push back on the crowd.
One of the officers struck Lavoie with his baton and a tear gas round hit her at point-blank range.
According to Rebel News’ Ezra Levant, an officer struck Lavoie three times with a baton then shot at her leg with a tear gas canister.
Claiming Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had ordered Ottawa Police to attack journalists, Levant added that Lavoie said she had been “specifically targeted” after an officer saw her filming the melee. Lavoie told Ezra Levant that the officer had tried to stop her from filming by knocking her phone out of her hand.
Rebel News reporter Alexa Lavoie was struck and injured by police while covering the ongoing Freedom Convoy protest in Ottawa. pic.twitter.com/Z2ZhqWdLTa
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) February 19, 2022
According to Levant, Rebel News will be suing the Ottawa Police on Alexa Lavoie’s behalf.
On Wednesday, Prime Minister Trudeau announced that now that he’s crushed the Freedom Convoy, he would be lifting the Emergencies Act that gave him the authority to crush them.
During a press conference in Ottawa, Trudeau acknowledged that the protests, which were never a national emergency to begin with, were no longer an emergency.
And though the Emergencies Act has been lifted, Trudeau assured Canadians that they would continue to monitor the situation and “law enforcement agencies are prepared to deal with anyone engaging in unlawful or dangerous activities” … like, say, reporting the news?