Burnaby RCMP is currently investigating two separate cases of alleged assault involving individuals spitting on their officers.
According to a release, on Friday, June 26, Burnaby RCMP officers responded to a residence in the 7000-block of Elwell Street after a report that a resident in the home was destroying property.
When they arrived on scene, police say the man was confrontational and at one point was observed drinking his own urine.
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“After being engaged in conversation for nearly an hour, the man was apprehended safely under the Mental Health Act and walked out of the house with police officers,” RCMP said in a release. “While he was on his way out he is alleged to have assaulted the officer by spitting on her.”
The man was then brought to hospital to be certified by a physician, and now faces the possibility of being charged with assaulting a police officer.
This incident comes just one week after another police officer was exposed to a “communicable disease” in another alleged spitting incident in Burnaby.
According to the RCMP, early in the morning of June 19, an officer responded to a report of a woman yelling at people and passing cars. She was also taken in under the Mental Health Act, and transported to Burnaby Hospital.
While there, hospital security asked if the officer could assist with another woman “causing a disturbance outside the emergency room.” She reportedly needed to be restrained by multiple police and security personnel so hospital staff could provide treatment.
This is when police say the suspect spat straight into the officer’s eyes and face.
The same suspect was also the subject of another reported call to law enforcement the following day, when she assaulted a security guard at the hospital.
Our primary concern is the safety of everyone involved, Corporal Mike Kalanj of Burnaby RCMP said in the release.
Despite being faced with dangers such as potentially contracting disease, our Frontline police officers do not hesitate in assisting the people involved in these types of calls in getting the treatment and help they need.