A confrontation between police and party goers erupted when officers started seizing liquor and issuing violation tickets
West Vancouver police say a pair of officers were assaulted during a drunken Canada Day celebration in Ambleside Park.
About 300 youths descended on the park Monday evening and West Van police claim many of them were intoxicated and violent. A confrontation between police and partygoers erupted when officers started seizing liquor and issuing violation tickets.
“Officers began questioning one person who was observed consuming liquor. A struggle ensued after the person is alleged to have charged at one of the officers. The rest of the group quickly surrounded the officers and began chanting and swearing obscenities, while many filmed the interaction,” West Van police said in a news release.
West Van police says more cops were sent to the scene after two officers reported being assaulted during the incident, with one officer sustaining injuries after being punched in the face.
“Due to the violent behaviour and sheer size of the unruly crowds, access to Ambleside Park was temporarily shut down, causing traffic issues and preventing families and others from enjoying the festivities at the beach,” West Van police said.
After the park access was closed, police say a group of youths, ranging in age from 12-20 years old, remained in the area for about three hours before moving on to Park Royal Mall “where officers witnessed further violence amongst the group.”
“This type of violent behaviour cannot and will not be tolerated in West Vancouver,” said West Van Police Chief Len Goerke. “Foot patrols throughout our parks and beaches will be ongoing over the summer months and enforcement action will be taken where officers find individuals contravening the Liquor Control and Licensing Act, or disrupting the peace and lawful use and enjoyment of public space by drunkenness, violence or threats of violence.”
Two youths were arrested for assault on police and later released pending further investigation.