Male arrested, police officer injured at demonstration in Burnaby

Burnaby

2018-03-26 13:45 PDT

File # 2018-12633

On Sunday March 25, 2018 at 6 pm., Burnaby RCMP responded to a call that a male was interfering with City of Burnaby infrastructure in the 8000-block of Shellmont Street.

Upon arrival, police found a male who had allegedly removed a City of Burnaby survey monument. Police arrested the male for mischief. The male resisted and a number of demonstrators from a nearby camp proceeded to rush in and physically obstruct the officer which allowed the male suspect to flee. The police officer then proceeded to chase the male. The police officer was in turn pursued by a number of demonstrators from the camp, one of whom allegedly pushed the police officer, causing the police officer to injure his knee.

Despite being injured, the police officer managed to catch and arrest the 41-year-old male suspect for mischief and resisting arrest. Police continue to investigate the circumstances of this incident and charges are being considered for a number of other demonstrators who intervened in the initial arrest.

Police appreciate the ongoing dialogue and co-operation from those peaceful demonstrators located in the Forest Grove area, some of whom contacted 9-1-1 to get help for our injured officer last night.

Our police officers have been consummate professionals and facilitated the right of thousands of people to lawful, peaceful and safe protest in this area over the past number of weeks, says Superintendent Chuck McDonald, Operations Officer with Burnaby RCMP. Obstructing police officers and injuring them in the course of their duties is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

Burnaby RCMP will continue to maintain a presence in the 8000-block of Shellmont Street. This is to ensure that demonstrations can continue to be carried out in a safe manner.

Burnaby RCMP would like to remind demonstrators that they have a right to lawful, peaceful and safe protest and the companies have a right to complete their work. Burnaby RCMP is working hard to ensure that these rights are respected and everyone is kept safe.

The Injunction Order and police Enforcement Clause recognize the RCMP’s discretion to decide how and when to enforce the Injunction Order. The Court issues the Order, and then the police determine how to implement the Court's Injunction Order.

The primary concerns of the police are public safety, police officer safety, and preservation of the rights of demonstrators to their freedoms of expression, association and mobility, as guaranteed by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The RCMP will continue to monitor the situation and take action on a case by case basis, with a focus on enforcement should there be any criminal activities that pose a threat to the safety of individuals or property. 
 
Burnaby RCMP Media Relations
604 646 9900


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