A Vancouver police officer is recovering from a broken leg after an alleged assault by a man who was refusing to wear a mask.
Police said two officers were inside the Vancouver Law Courts on Tuesday when a man walked in and wasn’t wearing a mask, violating the COVID-19 public health orders
“He was asked by the on-duty sheriff to put on a mask, but the man allegedly refused and also refused to leave the building,” Const. Tania Visintin said in a release.
Officers came over and told the man about the provincial health order requiring everyone to wear a mask inside. The man was argumentative and aggressive with police, Visintin said, and he allegedly kicked one of the officers and tried to reach for his firearm.
When officers tried to get him into custody, he fell on an officer, breaking his leg, Visintin added.
“This man showed complete disregard for the provisions set out by the provincial health officer,” she said. “This was a senseless confrontation that did not need to escalate to the point where someone was seriously injured.”
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The officer will be off-duty for a few months.
They are recommending charges of aggravated assault on a peace officer, assault on a peace officer, and disarming a peace officer against a 53-year-old man from Vancouver.
He was also issued a $230 violation ticket for failing to wear a mask in an indoor public space, Visintin added.
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