July 10, 2018 1:45 pm

Regina police respond to knife call at protest camp

Three of the teepees now standing in Wascana Park as part of the Justice for our Stolen Children camp.

Taryn Snell / Global News

The Regina Police Service (RPS) received a call from the Justice for Stolen Children at 1:36 p.m. on July 7 about an “intimidating” man who had a knife.

The caller, who said they where a member of the protest camp, said an unknown man was behaving in an intimidating manner toward the group. As police where on their way to the scene, the caller reported the man had a knife.

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When police arrived they found a 56-year-old man who had set up a small tent and sign. Police said he was also in possession of a knife. The officers told the man he was free to stay in the park, but alleged threats would be investigated. His knife was taken by police.

According to police, the man voluntarily packed up his belongings, and left Wascana Park without further incident. Police are still investigating the matter.

With the protest still ongoing in the park, the RPS say they continue to have regular contact with all stakeholders involved. The police statement on this incident said the RPS goal is to maintain public safety and keeping the peace is not always work that is visible to the public.

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The Provincial Capital Commission, Premier Scott Moe and Justice Minister Don Morgan have all called for the teepees at the camp to be removed. RPS Chief Evan Bray has said that they do not see the camp as a risk to public safety.

The camp has been in Wascana Park for over 130 days.

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