No one will face criminal charges in relation to a large protest outside a Saskatchewan Party fundraiser in April.
Hundreds of people blocked entrances to Prairieland Park ahead of the premier’s dinner event on April 27, waving signs in front of windshields and slapping magnets on vehicles of people attending the dinner.
At one point, several protesters jumped on the hoods of two cars attempting to drive through the Ruth Street entrance.
Daryl Cooper’s black sedan was one of the cars involved. One woman sat on his hood while another slapped a protest sign against his windshield.
Cooper told Gormley the car suffered $2,700 in damage between scuffed paint and a crack in the windshield.
Despite the incident being caught on video, police said there was no basis for criminal charges.
“It went on quite awhile,” Cooper said of the police investigation. “(The sergeant) said to me: ‘it has gotten very political.’
Cooper said SGI is covering the majority of the repairs to his car, but he’s still on the hook for a $500 deductible.
“I shouldn’t be out the $500,” he said. “I don’t believe my claims-free status with SGI should be affected by this.”
Cooper said an SGI representative told him the provincial insurer would still pursue compensation for the repairs from the women allegedly responsible for the damage.
Both women have been identified by several people on social media.
The protest at the premier’s dinner was organized by labour unions and the Stop The Cuts group in reaction to the 2017 provincial budget.
Immediately after the protest, allegations of illegal behaviour surfaced on both sides. Along with accusations of protesters attacking vehicles, some involved with the demonstration claimed drivers tried to run them down.
In a statement sent to 650 CKOM on Thursday, a police spokesperson said the decision not to lay any charges came after Crown prosecutors looked over the evidence gathered by officers and determined they didn’t have a strong enough case to proceed.