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Burnaby RCMP investigating spitting at officers

Citynews 1130 Vancouver

Last Updated Jun 29, 2020 at 3:59 pm PDT

FILE - Burnaby RCMP. (Lasia Kretzel, NEWS 1130 Photo)
Summary

A man was taken to hospital Friday and could face charges of assault of a police officer

Another Burnaby officer was allegedly spat on while assisting during a disturbance at Burnaby Hospital

VPD acknowledged it is seeing an increase in officers being spat on since the start of the pandemic

BURNABY (NEWS 1130) — Burnaby RCMP is investigating two alleged assaults after officers were spat on.

The report comes Monday, the same day the Vancouver Police Department acknowledged it is seeing an increase in officers being spat on since the beginning of the pandemic in March.

On Friday, Burnaby RCMP officers were called to a home on Elwell Street about a resident inside destroying property.

“The man was confrontational with police and, at one point during the incident, was observed drinking his own urine,” RCMP release says in a release.

RELATED: More Vancouver police officers being spat at during pandemic

“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. While he was on his way out, he is alleged to have assaulted the officer by spitting on her.”

The man was taken to hospital and could face charges of assault of a police officer.

A week earlier, another Burnaby officer was allegedly spat on while assisting during a disturbance at Burnaby Hospital.

“While being restrained to allow for hospital staff to provide treatment, the suspect turned her head toward the officer and is alleged to have assaulted the officer by spitting straight into her eyes and face,” RCMP says.

The following day, the same woman is alleged to have assaulted a security guard at the hospital during her discharge.

Assault charges have also been forwarded in relation to these incidents, according to police.

“Our primary concern is the safety of everyone involved,” says Cpl. Mike Kalanj. “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.”