TORONTO --≠ OPP Commissioner Chris Lewis says media reports that provincial and Sarnia police blew off judge's orders to immediately end the native Idle No More railway blockade are fiction.
"Some media outlets, and some of the more ravenous reporters, are saying we thumbed our noses at the courts. That is not true.
"In fact it's ridiculous," Lewis said Thursday morning. "We are part of and totally respect Ontario's judicial system. "
The decision to negotiate the end of 13-day-long protests over the Christmas holidays at the Mohawk territory at Tyendinaga and on the CP rail line in Sarnia were made on the ground in response to approaches coming out of the Ipperwash inquiry and was never meant to thumb noses at Justice David Brown, he said.