Date: Saturday, November 26th, 2022
Victoria, BC – A VicPD officer working to help keep the Santa Claus Parade safe and family-friendly was injured after a man fought with officers who were arresting him after he allegedly assaulted a person in the crowd this evening.
Officers were deployed to the Peninsula Co-op Santa Claus Parade as part of a special duty to help ensure the event was safe and family-friendly. Additionally, a VicPD contingent were walking in the parade and handing out candy canes. A parade spectator approached members of the VicPD contingent to report that a man had assaulted a member of the crowd and was walking through the crowd trying to instigate additional fights.
Officers approached the man and escorted him away from the parade route in an effort to effect a safe arrest in a safe location away from bystanders and children in the area. When officers moved to arrest the man, he began to fight with them. After several minutes, officers were able to take the man into custody. A VicPD officer sustained a non-life-threatening injury during the arrest. The man was not injured. The parade spectator did not require medical attention.
The man was transported to VicPD cells where he remains. The parade continued without further incident.
If you witnessed this incident, have video of the incident or the man’s arrest or have information about this incident and have yet to speak with an officer please call the VicPD Report Desk at (250) 995-7654 extension 1.
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