Two West Vancouver police officers sustain minor injuries while dealing with drunk, aggressive youth at Ambleside Park.
On Saturday night, while on foot patrol at Ambleside Park, officers saw a group of people in their early 20s consuming liquor and cannabis, and not physically distancing.
Officers spoke with the group, gave them a warning, and reminded them of the laws pertaining to liquor and cannabis in public.
At this point, one man from the group became aggressive and began spitting toward officers and stepping into their personal space.
When officers attempted to take him into custody for being intoxicated in public, another man from the group tried to intervene.
Both men were arrested after additional officers were called.
The men were later released into the care of sober adults without charge.
Officers sustained minor injuries as a result of the violent incident that was witnessed by many people, including young families.
“Violent and belligerent behaviour cannot and will not be tolerated at our beaches and parks,” says Cst. Kevin Goodmurphy.
“We would like to remind the public that these spaces are for people who want to lawfully enjoy our spectacular scenery.”
Goodmurphy said the public can expect to see more police officers on foot over the next four months, as extra Beach Patrol shifts have been added again this year in anticipation of large crowds.