Video of mob violence in Surrey prompts RCMP investigation and outrage from the mayor – CBC.ca

Video of \mob violence\ in Surrey prompts RCMP investigation and outrage from the mayor - CBC.ca
Disturbing video shows mob attacking man, vandalizing cars in Surrey
The mayor of Surrey, B.C., says he's "deeply concerned" about a video circulating online that shows a large brawl in a parking lot involving young men wielding rods and what appears to be a golf putter.

The video was taken in the early hours of Nov. 11 in the 7000 block of 128 Street, and RCMP say they are investigating. It shows a large group of men shouting in Punjabi while they swarm vehicles in a parking lot, smashing them with various implements and then attacking at least one person.

RCMP confirm the video was taken around 2:30 a.m. on Nov. 11 in the 7000-block of 128 Street in Newton. It shows a large group of young men running and swarming vehicles in a parking lot outside a strip mall, smashing them with weapons while shouting in Punjabi.

Mayor Doug McCallum pointed to a similar brawl that was caught on video in the Strawberry Hill area in August.

"I am deeply concerned that this kind of mob violence is happening with alarming frequency," the mayor said in a written statement.

"This behaviour is repugnant and puts the public at risk. It is imperative that RCMP take immediate and strong action to get a handle on this kind of mob violence that is occurring far too frequently in Surrey."

“It is imperative that RCMP take immediate and strong action to get a handle on this kind of mob violence that is occurring far too frequently in Surrey,” McCallum said.

Mounties say they received two reports about the latest incident shortly before 2:30 a.m. on Monday, and they obtained a copy of the video on Thursday.

"While this incident and video is disturbing, having such a wide distribution could potentially help police further our investigation and identify those involved," RCMP Cpl Elenore Sturko said in a news release. 

"We share the community's concerns about this act of public violence and urge anyone with information to come forward."

RCMP say they received a copy of the video on Thursday after it was published to various social media platforms in the days following the incident.

Investigators are asking anyone with information to contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

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That video prompted RCMP to step up patrols around the Newton-area mall, calling it a “hotspot” for violent behaviour.

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VANCOUVER – Troubling video has emerged showing a mob of young men using golf clubs and other makeshift weapons to damage several cars and attack at least one person in Surrey.

Police initially received two reports of assault with a weapon and vandalism to property around the time the video was taken.

The cellphone video begins with a mob of people running toward the parking lot of the Kwantlen Plaza strip mall, located on 128 Street in the citys Newton neighbourhood.

No arrests have been made in connection to the incident, and it’s not believed any suspects have been identified.

The men can then be seen wailing on a number of fleeing cars, and swarming a driver who steps out of his vehicle.

At least two people are attacked in the video, one of whom is beaten with what looks like wooden or metal rods.

The video, which has been circulating on the WhatsApp messaging platform, was disturbing enough to prompt a response Friday from Mayor Doug McCallum, who suggested mob violence is happening with alarming frequency in his city.

In August, another large brawl in the Strawberry Hill area was caught on video. This behaviour is repugnant and puts the public at risk, McCallum said in a statement.

It is imperative that the RCMP take immediate and strong action to get a handle on this kind of mob violence that is occurring far too frequently in Surrey.

Surrey RCMP said the incident happened around 2:30 a.m. on Nov. 11. Authorities received two calls about the attack, one from a victim and one from a witness.

Investigators have yet to identify any of the suspects, but only recently became aware of the recording. Cpl. Elenore Sturko urged anyone who recognizes the men in the video to reach out to police.

While this incident and video is disturbing, having such a wide distribution could potentially help further our investigation and identify those involved, Sturko said in a news release.

We share the communitys concerns about this act of public violence and urge anyone with information to come forward.

In response to the incident, the citizens group Wake Up Surrey called on elected officials at the provincial and federal levels to address this increasing type of crime occurring on our streets.

There should be zero tolerance towards such despicable behaviour and the swiftest legal means to control this violence, the group said in a statement.

Disturbing video shows a mob of young men attacking a driver with golf clubs and other makeshift weapons in Surrey, B.C.

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