Burnaby RCMP say officers showed restraint while under verbal attack

Burnaby RCMP say officers showed restraint while under verbal attack
Mounties praised for restraint during caught-on-cam tirade
Members of the Burnaby RCMP are being praised online for keeping their cool during a tirade captured on cellphone camera.

The video shows a vulgar rant by a group of young men, which occurred on Halloween night. Mounties said the men, who were between the ages of 20 and 30, were asked to stop lighting fireworks after midnight.

A man can be heard saying, "Hes not invited. Hes not allowed to be on my f–king property."

Mounties praised for showing restraint while dealing with verbal abuse caught on camera

The four-minute clip was posted on Facebook last week and has been viewed more than 40,000 times. Dozens have commented on the behaviour of the officers involved, praising their ability to show restraint and be patient as the men yell and swear.

"Its not rare for our members to deal with this kind of verbal abuse and aggression. The expectation we have, and were proud to be able to say what we generally get from the members, is that they respond in a calm and professional manner," he said Monday.

Today (November 5), Burnaby RCMP issued a news release that explained that the incident occurred at Imperial Street and McPherson Avenue around 12:15 a.m. on November 1.

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Although one of the males claimed he had a permit, he wasnt able to produce it when he was asked to show it and became verbally abusive.

A Facebook video showing a verbal altercation between a group of men and Burnaby RCMP officers is creating a huge amount of backlash on social media.

The video shows Burnaby Mounties responding to a call for fireworks past midnight on Halloween night. The officers are seen standing by as they are subjected to a tirade of profanity and insults. According to the Burnaby RCMP, two members originally responded, but called for backup when the ten men shooting off the fireworks became aggressive.

We are proud of our members. They handled the situation in a very calm, and professional manner despite the abuse they were subjected to.

“It’s very heartening to see the response we’ve gotten from the public,” he adds. “The RCMP members in this video resolved this incident and did what they always do every other shift, and that’s respond to the next call for service in an equally calm and professional manner.”

The video has been viewed thousands of times. Most of the comments are overwhelming in support of how the officers handled themselves.

Former Delta police Chief Jim Cessford says the video shows a textbook response to a situation that was escalating quickly.

Due to the number of people these officers were dealing with, McDonald says they called for back up. When additional officers arrived, they too were met by aggressive language, as is seen in the video shot by what appears to be one of the men who was among the group of 10.

People who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs are unpredictable, and it is the extensive training that allows police officers to know what course of action to take,” he said.

BURNABY (NEWS 1130) – A video of some young men hurling verbal abuse at officers with the Burnaby RCMP on Halloween night has gone viral, and it looks like the RCMP is getting a lot of support for how its officers handled the situation.

This incident is an indication of how policing has changed in the era of social media. Online video has made almost everything police officers do part of the public record.

“Two Burnaby RCMP members on patrol heard fireworks being set off,” he tells NEWS 1130. “The members located a group of 10 males who were setting off fireworks as our members arrived.”

Video has exposed officers for breaching their duty to the public, but it has also turned the lens on the people who are facing the scrutiny of police. McDonald says he welcomes the added attention.

If our members are behaving as they should, professionally, then the public is only providing evidence that they are doing their jobs.

This isn’t the first case in which someone has uploaded video of their interaction with police officers. McDonald says officers always assume that everything is going to be recorded.

Recent video has shown officers being verbally assaulted by drivers receiving speeding tickets as well as documenting the aftermath of an alleged assault on VPD officers by men with known gang ties.

Despite several recommendations for officers to wear body cameras, there are few examples of their use in Canada.

Doug King, the Executive Director of Together Against Poverty believes body cameras would be useful in most circumstances.

This is a perfect example of how body cameras can benefit both police officers and citizens when it comes to police related complaints. A significant amount of complaints relating to police use and abuse of power contain contradictory statements about the way that either a police officer or complainant was acting during an encounter, and at the end of the day neither party can hide from body camera footage of an incident.