Calling it a concern for the department, Vancouver police say that “growing violence” in East Vancouver’s Grandview Park was further brought to light on Thursday after police responded to multiple calls – one of which resulted in an officer being assaulted.
According to VPD Const. Tania Visintin, officers were in the park on Thursday evening investigating an assault, when an “intoxicated and verbally aggressive man” entered the park and began taunting patrons of the park to fight.
“The man also was yelling anti-police profanities [and] was uncooperative with officers,” Visintin said. “He resisted arrest and ended up striking one of the officers in the head three times with his elbow.”
The 37-year-old man was arrested for assaulting a police officer, and charges have been recommended to Crown Counsel.
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In light of this latest incident, Visintin said Grandview Park “has been the centre of many issues and currently is a special attention for police due to the increased violence and open alcohol consumption.”
In fact, on Thursday alone, “police responded to the park three separate times for fights and disturbances.”
As always, Visintin said police are reminding the public to call 911 if they are a victim or witness to a crime.