A Calgary pastor taped a video while repeatedly urging Calgary law enforcement to evacuate his church during a weekend COVID-19 check.
According to the Calgary Police Service, a uniformed police officer participated in a call on Saturday April 3 to assist the Alberta Health Services and City of Calgary Bylaw services at a religious meeting at Street Church.
There was concern that those present were failing to comply with government COVID-19 health orders. The Calgary police say they are often asked to participate in calls of this type in the event of a conflict between citizens and health inspectors.
Polish-Canadian pastor Artur Pawlowski filmed the interaction at 4315 26th Avenue SE in Calgary.
In the video you can hear Pavlovski calling the officials “Nazis”, “Gestapo” and “Communists” while repeatedly asking them to “leave the property”.
“Passover – the holiest Christian festival [of] the year – and they come to intimidate Christians? … Incredible, ”says Pawlowski in the video. “Come to church with guns, tasers, and handcuffs to intimidate yourself during Passover.”
“We do not want to disturb anyone’s holidays or religious or spiritual events,” Calgary police said in a statement. “However, we must support our partner agencies when asked to do so to ensure that everyone can celebrate these occasions safely.”
The Calgary Police Department say they continue to seek voluntary public health compliance.
“The gathering organizer did not cooperate with the health inspector and repeatedly raised his voice to ask all parties to leave the premises, which they did about a minute after entering and in a peaceful manner,” Calgary police said.
No tickets have been issued at this point and the Calgary police say it is up to their partner agencies to take enforcement action to respond to this situation.