Officer injured while arresting man who allegedly drew swastika on SkyTrain ad

Jun 15 2020, 5:52 pm

A Metro Vancouver Transit Police officer suffered a “’soft tissue’ injury to her knee” while arresting a man who allegedly drew a swastika on a posted advertisement on the SkyTrain this past weekend.

According to Transit Police Const. Mike Yake, the incident took place on June 13, around 1 pm, when passengers onboard the train contacted the Metro Vancouver Transit Police to report what was happening.

Yake told Daily Hive that two officers intercepted the SkyTrain at Main Street Station and were directed to the man by members of the public.

“Initially, the man refused to stop when requested to do so; however, they were able to place him under arrest for the mischief without incident,” said Yake.

However, as officers searched the man following his arrest, “he allegedly became irate and began making racist comments to one of the officers.” The man then “began resisting and refused to follow direction.”

At that point, the “officers brought the man to the ground in order to gain control,” and it was during this process that one officer injured her knee, he said.

Now, Yake said police will be recommending charges of mischief and possibly of assaulting a peace officer.

The man, he added, has “minimal” history with police.

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