Suspect accused of yelling racial slurs during Surrey vigil injured during arrest: police

Mar 18 2019, 10:44 pm

The Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO BC) is investigating an incident that occurred late Sunday afternoon in Surrey, that resulted in the injury of a suspect being taken into police custody.

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According to a release, the incident occurred at approximately 4:30 pm when Surrey RCMP officers witnessed a man acting suspiciously and disturbing the peace during a pre-planned prayer vigil being held in the 13400 block of 104 Avenue — near Christ the King Lutheran Church and Surrey City Hall.

Police say he was allegedly yelling racial slurs and taking photos of police vehicles and the crowd.

As a result, the man was arrested and according to police, injured in the process.

The man was transported to hospital where he is being treated for unspecified non-life threatening injuries. He is slated to appear in court at a later date.

Following a report from Surrey RCMP, IIO BC is now investigating the incident to determine whether police actions or inactions are linked to the man’s injuries.

Few details are available as the incident is now under IIO BC’s authority.

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