On Thursday, June 6, 2024, at approximately 9:30 a.m., as members of the community, along with local Veterans, members of the Canadian Armed Forces, the Grey and Simcoe Foresters  and members of the Royal Canadian Legion gathered to recognize the 80th Anniversary of D-Day with a parade on Dunlop Street, an individual stopped  directly in front of the Barrie Cenotaph and using chalk, drew a large circle and placed a message around it.

The individual then began to yell at people in the immediate area and as a result, Barrie Police, who were on scene assisting and preparing to participate in the upcoming ceremony, stepped in and arrested the 49-year-old for breach of peace.

Police removed the person from the area, and they were transported to Barrie Police Headquarters for further investigation. The area where the chalk and message was drawn was immediately cleaned up by City of Barrie staff and the parade and ceremony proceeded without any delay. The actions of this person were viewed by many as being very disrespectful given what the day and pending ceremony represented.

As a result of the investigation that followed and given that the mischief was done in relation to the structure or part thereof that primarily serves as a monument to honour persons who were killed or died as a consequence of war, the arrested person was charged with Mischief relating to war memorial and Causing a disturbance by shouting.

They were held for a bail hearing and were later released to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice located in Barrie on June 10, 2024.

Occurrence #: BA24031427
Prepared by: Corporate Communications Coordinator Peter Leon


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