But it didn’t stay funny for long. Six minutes (6:20) into the video, the Toronto police can be seen asking Menzies to stop using the word “terrorism” while filming. The Rebel Media reporter protested that he has free speech rights under the Canadian constitution. Police responded that such words would be considered “incitement” in the context of the protest and demanded he leave the public square.
“I can’t call a terrorist, a ‘terrorist?’” Menzies asked.
“Not in this sort of environment — no, you can’t,” the officer replied. “That’s going to incite a breach of the peace and that is Canadian law. Am I clear? It’s a breach of the peace. You will be placed under arrest.”
“You’re not to use that word again, in here, in this environment. Do you understand me?”
Later the police can be seen pushing Menzies off the public sidewalk and behind barricades and claiming he called protestors terrorists.