SFU alumnus facing charges for assaulting a police officer, causing disturbance


2020-12-18 10:43 PST

File # 2020-48776

Charges have been approved in the arrest of a 30-year-old Burnaby man that took place during the evening of December 11, 2020 at Simon Fraser University.

On December 11, 2020 at around 9:00 p.m., a Burnaby frontline officer responded to call from Simon Fraser University Campus Security who were requesting assistance with a man refusing to leave a campus dining hall. Security informed police that they had received a complaint from a student and that the man was on the premise without a mask and contrary to the SFU’s safety requirements, which only allow current students on campus. The campus security reported to have spent time attempting to defuse the situation and gain the cooperation of the man, only calling police after being unable to do so.

Upon arrival, a single officer located the man inside the dining hall, circling and yelling at several campus security employees. The police officer spent several minutes using crisis intervention and verbal-de-escalation techniques with repeated requests, asking the man to leave. Despite repeated efforts, the man continued to cause a disturbance and refused requests to leave the premise.

While attempting to arrest the man for Causing a Disturbance, the man took the police officer by the arm and a physical altercation ensued where the officer deployed pepper spray. During this altercation, the man subdued the officer and put the officer in a chokehold. Fearing for his safety, the officer deployed a conducted energy weapon (taser). Only with use of both police intervention tools was the officer able to take the man into custody.

When a police officer is required to use force during the arrest of an individual, the officer completes a Subject Behaviour / Officer Response report. Each occurrence demands accurate documentation that demonstrates in detail the necessity of such a response, says Surperintendent Graham Delagorgendiere of the Burnaby RCMP. This report, along with witness testimony and video evidence is now being reviewed by the supervisor of the involved officer.

RCMP officers use the Incident Management Intervention Model (IMIM) when interacting with the public. IMIM emphasizes communication which includes de-escalation. Situations involving people in mental health crisis are complex and dynamic. Police officers may have to use force along with communication and de-escalation. The RCMP has strengthened crisis intervention and de-escalation training for all its officers. Mandatory training helps them determine when and how to use crisis intervention and de-escalation techniques. This training complements what cadets learn at the RCMP Training Academy, as well as other training offered in BC and the Burnaby RCMP Detachment.

With the assistance of police, an ambulance took the man to hospital where he was treated for injuries sustained from the taser deployment. The man was released from police custody while at the hospital and held by medical staff for psychiatric evaluation.

Babakayode Fatoba has now been charged with Causing a Disturbance, Obstructing a Peace Officer and Assaulting a Peace Officer.

The Burnaby RCMP are aware of multiple videos circulating on social media capturing a portion of the incident and encourage the public to view the entire video and take into consideration the entirety of this complex and dynamic situation.


Released by

Cpl. Brett Cunningham

Media Relations Officer
Burnaby Detachment
burnaby.bc.rcmp-grc.gc.ca (English only)
6355 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby, BC , V5G 2J2
Office: 604-345-5348
Fax: 604-646-9570

Email: BURNABY_RCMP_MEDIA@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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