RCMP respond to noise complaint involving “Freedom Fighters”

Annapolis District RCMP responded to a noise complaint that occurred on a property, near Hwy. 10 in Nictaux, involving self- proclaimed Freedom Fighters.

On October 8, 2022, at approximately 8:30 p.m., Annapolis District RCMP responded to a noise complaint at a property near Hwy. 10 in Nictaux. Two RCMP officers arrived on scene and determined that the loud music was coming from a large field nearby. A poster was displayed at the end of the driveway to the field stating “Freedom Fighter PTSD Drive”, the event had more than 50 people in attendance with a clear indication of alcohol being consumed.

A large group of men approached the two RCMP officers and stated that police were not welcome in the area. The RCMP officers quickly devised an approach to de-escalate the situation and ensure the noise complaint was addressed.

One of the RCMP officers spoke with a man who identified himself as the president of the Freedom Fighters to explain the noise by-law in Annapolis County. Meanwhile the second officer was working to maintain calm among the group of event attendees that had approached the officers.

The music was turned down and the man who identified himself as the president provided a phone number to the RCMP, in the event that further complaints were received.

When the RCMP officers went to leave, one man stated that police didn’t pay the $5 entry fee which was quickly seconded by another and followed by individuals who were surrounding the officers. To keep the situation diffused and avoid the potential for violence, the entry fee was paid with the RCMP officer’s personal funds. The RCMP is not affiliated with the “Freedom Fighters” group.

The officers agreed to a photo at the men’s requests, again in an effort to mitigate an escalation of the situation. The photo is circulating online without the accurate context of the situation. 

One of the officers in the photo is wearing a thin blue line patch, which is contrary to RCMP policy, the officer has since removed the patch from his uniform and this has been addressed by his supervisor.

Two additional complaints were received during the night and addressed. We would like to extend our appreciation to the man who identified as the president and quickly addressed the noise complaints.

Source: Release

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