Brampton court virtual hearing interrupted by Zoom Bombers

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Published February 24, 2021 at 5:08 pm

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A virtual hearing in a Brampton courtroom Tuesday was repeatedly interrupted by Zoom bombers who were posting pornographic images and swastikas.

Peel Regional Police are investigating the matter that occurred during the civil case of Waterloo regional police Const. Kelly Donovan vs. the Waterloo Regional Police Services Board in Brampton’s Superior Court of Justice.

Donovan, who resigned in 2017 from the WRPS, has alleged her former employer breached the terms of her resignation agreement. The allegations have not been proven in court.

As lawyer Donald Jarvis, representing the police board, made his submissions, images from pornographic websites and drawings of swastikas were shown frequently by an unknown person on the Zoom over several minutes.

Justice Thomas Bielby noticed the inappropriate images and interrupted Jarvis. Attempts to identify which participant was responsible for the crude images were unsuccessful because the images kept disappearing.

The matter appeared to be resolved after the morning break.

Donovan, who calls herself a whistleblowing former police officer conducting workplace investigations, tweeted the Zoom link to yesterday’s court hearing and says the Zoom bombing didn’t happen because she shared the link.

“This did not happen today because I shared the link, and I refute any suggestion that it did,” Donovan said in a tweet yesterday. “Abusive participants were immediately removed. I welcome the investigation.”

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