THREE men have been charged following the high-profile assault of Vancouver Police officers at English Bay in June.
“Thanks to tips from the public, we were able to identify these alleged agitators and arrest them,” said Constable Tania Visintin on Thursday. “We presented the evidence to BC Prosecution Service, which this week approved criminal charges.”
VPD’s beach patrol officers were called to investigate a large fight and a possible assault involving 10 people at English Bay at around 7 p.m. on June 18. As officers were trying to diffuse the situation and disperse the crowd, one man was arrested when he began causing a disturbance and refusing to leave. This arrest caused dozens of beachgoers to surround the police, making the situation extremely volatile.
Anthony King, 26, and Chas Verrier, 21, have been charged with assault police officer and obstruct police officer.
The third suspect, a youth, has been charged with assault police officer and obstruct police officer.