Man injured after allegedly yelling racial slurs at prayer vigil in Metro Vancouver

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RCMP have notified the Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia of an incident in Surrey during a prayer vigil which has resulted in injury.

At 4:30 p.m. on March 17, 2019 Surrey RCMP officers attended a pre-planned prayer vigil being held in the 13400-block of 104 Avenue, Surrey, when they observed a man acting suspiciously and disturbing the peace. He was allegedly yelling racial slurs as well as taking photos of police vehicles and the crowd.

After he was arrested the officers attempted to take him into custody, and during this time he was injured. Following this, he was transported to a local hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries. He is also scheduled to appear in court at a later date.

The IIO BC is now investigating to determine whether police actions or inactions are linked to the man’s injuries. As the matter is now under investigation by the IIO BC, no further information will be released by police.

Please note that all aspects and circumstances of this incident will be the subject of independent investigation and verification by the IIO BC. For more information about the IIO BC and media updates, you can visit their website.