Ottawa police chief Peter Sloly has resigned amid criticism of his handling of the ongoing trucker protests in Ottawa, Canada.
Sloly and the Ottawa police services board have reached a “mutually agreeable separation,” board chair Diane Deans said on Tuesday. “As such, Chief Sloly is no longer employed with the Ottawa Police Service,” Deans said.
Sloly said in a statement he is stepping down “with a heavy heart.”
“The board is already at work to put in place a new command structure and will be appointing a new chief very soon,” Deans added.
“With new leadership and stability from our command team, I’m confident that we can end this occupation,” Deputy Chief Steve Bell said after being appointed interim chief.
Residents have expressed increasing outrage at the Ottawa police response to the occupation, with the protesters taking over downtown streets and freely transporting fuel and other supplies to and from their encampments.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Friday that he did not “accept the contention that the city of Ottawa has exhausted its tools and resources.”
Trudeau invoked the Emergencies Act on Monday, granting law enforcement powers to end the demonstration and others like it across Canada.
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