Calgary police have arrested a Calgary pastor and his son, who have been flouting COVID-19 regulations by holding packed church services and organizing protests.
Police said they were acting Saturday on a new AHS-sought court injunction this week that enabled them to immediately arrest protest ringleaders.
“Earlier today, police arrested an organizer of a church service who was in violation of a new court order obtained by Alberta Health Services (AHS) in relation to mandatory compliance of public health orders for gatherings,” said CPS in a statement.
It was later when police arrested Pawlowski, after he had left the church. He was pulled over driving westbound 17 Ave. at Deerfoot Tr. He exited his vehicle and was handcuffed while kneeling in the middle of the road. He is then refused to stand and is dragged to a police vehicle. Police likely waited to arrest him to avoid the large crowd at his church.
As he is being cuffed, Pawlowski calls the officers :”Gestapo physcopaths.”
He refuses to stand yelling: “Do it the Nazi style. Taser me!” He is then dragged away.
He and his son are eventually put into police vehicles.
“On Thursday, May 6, 2021, AHS obtained a Court of Queen’s Bench Order that applies to gatherings including protests, demonstrations and rallies. This order imposes new restrictions on organizers of protests and demonstrations requiring compliance with public health orders including masking, physical distancing and attendance limits,” said CPS.
“Earlier this morning, CPS lawfully enforced this order by proactively serving an organizer of a church service with the court order in an effort to ensure that citizens attending the Saturday service were abiding by the current COVID-19 public health orders. The order was served prior to the church service, and CPS did not enter the church during the service.
“The service organizer acknowledged the injunction, but chose to ignore requirements for social distancing, mask wearing and reduced capacity limits for attendees, and continued with the event.
“As a result, Artur Pawlowski and Dawid Pawlowski have both been arrested and charged with organizing an illegal in-person gathering, including requesting, inciting or inviting others to attend an illegal public gathering, promoting and attending an illegal public gathering.
“It is important to understand that law enforcement recognizes people’s desire to participate in faith-based gatherings as well as the right to protest. However, as we find ourselves in the midst of a global pandemic, we all must comply with public health orders in order to ensure everyone’s safety and wellbeing.”
Last month, Pawlowski had his Easter service interrupted by Calgary police and provincial health authorities.
And to say Pawlowski was furious at the interruption, would be an understatement.
A half dozen police, bylaw officers and Alberta Health Services officials visited a Good Friday service at The Cave of Adullam – a residential home in a community.
Pawlowski met the group at the top at the stairs and began screaming at them, all the while filming the confrontation.
“Please get out. Please get out of this property immediately,” Pawlowski tells the group.
“I don’t want to hear a word out of you. Out of this property until you come back with a warrant. Get out and don’t come back. I don’t want to talk to you. You Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here.”
Pawlowski repeatedly yells over the spokeswoman for the group, who appears to be a AHS official.
“Do you understand English? Get out of this property and do not come back. Nazis are not welcome here. Do not come back without a warrant… you Nazi psychopaths. Unbelievely evil, sick people, intimidating people at church on passover.
“You Gestapo Nazi communist fascist.
By this time the group has backed down and are last seen walking away down the street.
Several other people follow Pawlowski out the front door, with cell phones in hand.
Pawlowski has received numerous fines over the last several months.
Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard