While Rachel Notley was having a journalist charged for trespassing rather than answer questions, police were 10 minutes down the road in an hours-long standoff.
The Counter Signal’s Editor-in-Chief Keean Bexte was detained by police and charged on Monday afternoon after Notley refused to begin her announcement until he left.
Minutes down the road, police were in a standoff with a man barricaded in a Calgary home in Forest Lawn.
City News reports that the police helicopter was dispatched and police chased the man to a home just east of Notley’s announcement. The standoff began after the suspect allegedly stole a motorcycle. After he refused to pull over, the standoff lasted about 8 hours until police apprehended the man and arrested him.
While police were in the midst of the city’s biggest crisis of the day, Notley had Bexte detained and charged by police after he refused to leave her press conference.
The NDP announcement was delayed by nearly an hour while political staff decided how to proceed, after demanding Bexte leave the press conference. Only Bexte was asked to leave.
Bexte refused to comply with the order until police were called and escorted him out. Police detained Bexte and criminally charged him with trespassing.
Last month, after a slew of random stabbings in Alberta, a UCP Minister called out NDP candidates and current MPs for their recent “Defund the Police” stances.