A Kelowna anti-mask rally will go on Monday, even after its keynote speaker was arrested Thursday in Toronto and charged with assault and uttering death threats.
Police say Chris Saccoccia, otherwise known as “Chris Sky,” fled from officers when they approached the 37-year-old at his Ontario home Wednesday (May 19).
An officer had to jump out of the path of Saccoccia’s vehicle to avoid being hit by the car.
“The man then sped away from officers,” police said in a statement Friday.
Saccoccia turned himself in to police Thursday.
He’s currently facing three charges, including one count of assaulting a police officer with a weapon, dangerous operation of a vehicle and three counts of uttering death threats.
Police received a report Wednesday that Saccoccia allegedly threatened to “shoot several people” over the phone, including elected officials and a member of the public.
Saccoccia had planned rallies in Vancouver, Kelowna and Kamloops over the long weekend.
The prominent anti-mask advocate still plans to make the trip west to speak at the rallies, according to a video on social media.
“We’re on our way to Vancouver so they did not stop us,” Saccoccia said.
According to a flyer, the Vancouver event on Sunset Beach will include DJs, dancing, barbecues and laser shows.
To date, police in Vancouver have not fined organizers of these rallies in contravention of current public health orders.
What are the odds that @vancouverpd (working with @deltapolice) @dlr9 + @ParkBoard can *prevent* bussing of people from Ladner to Vancouver's Sunset Beach, the building of a (another) stage and other violations of bylaws and PHO orders? @rebeccaleebligh @ptfry Notice a-plenty: https://t.co/tJHPw9Wq1n pic.twitter.com/ajFOHrci2K
— rwlens 🏳️🌈 (@rwlens) May 9, 2021
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