BURNABY (NEWS 1130) — Burnaby RCMP are advising the public to think twice before believing everything you see on social media after a misleading video surfaced on Twitter this weekend.
The video appeared to show officers checking to make sure everyone at a table in a local restaurant was from the same household. But Cpl. Mike Kalanj says officers don’t have the authority to enforce what the video claimed.
“What actually was happening in the video is: it was Friday evening Burnaby detachment got a criminal complaint of a threat at the restaurant. So the members that are seen in the video we’re actually at the restaurant investigating criminal activity,” he explains.
“So, when the when you see the member, the police officer, talking to the man and woman at the table, he’s discussing the incident that they were called up there for.”
The video currently on Twitter claiming that our officers were checking customers for same household compliance is misleading and incorrect. The officers were responding to a criminal complaint received and were investigating that complaint when the video was recorded.
— Burnaby RCMP (@BurnabyRCMP) November 30, 2020
The video has since been deleted, but Kalanj says it’s frustrating knowing people who don’t follow the Burnaby RCMP on Twitter won’t know it’s fake.
This is not the first rumour to circulate online related to COVID-19 regulations. Last week the Surrey RCMP had to clarify it was not writing tickets for people driving together from different households despite numerous posts.
Have you heard the rumours circulating that we’re issuing fines for people driving together if they’re not from the same address? False! Surrey RCMP have not issued any such tickets, nor is there a provision or authority to do so. pic.twitter.com/U2g8jd5ZV9
— Surrey RCMP (@SurreyRCMP) November 27, 2020
– With files from Sonia Aslam