An altercation in which a Vancouver police officer pushed a person to the ground has been flagged for internal investigation by the Police Professional Standards Department.
The incident on Monday evening in East Hastings and Carrall streets was caught on camera. Police say it took place around 10:30 p.m. when officers attempted to arrest three people in a stolen car.
“A mob of bystanders began hurling projectiles at them, including bicycle parts and a ceramic pot that narrowly missed an officer’s head before shattering to the ground,” wrote Sgt. Steve Addison in a statement.
“Additional police were needed to contain the hostile crowd so that the officers could safely arrest the people in the stolen car without being hit by the projectiles.”
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Eight police officers were attacked in the incident, he added, but the police complaints commissioner’s office has been notified. Because the OPCC may be launching an investigation into the pushing, Addison said he was unable to provide additional details.
Two men were arrested for assaulting the officers on Monday night and are expected to appear in court later this summer.
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