Five campers arrested for refusing to leave Oppenheimer Park

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Vancouver Police made five arrests at Oppenheimer Park as city crews dismantled the last remaining tents.

Officers made their way into the park shortly after 10:00 a.m. this morning asking campers to abide by the BC Supreme Court order requiring them to pack up their belongings and allow city workers to clean up the park.

Everyone had been well informed by police and others that failing to comply with the court order may result in arrest. The vast majority of campers were cooperative allowing work to restore the park to continue.

A small number of campers who appeared intent on remaining in the park interfered with workers as they attempted to remove the last of the tents. Negotiations throughout the day continued with no progress. Officers were eventually required to step in to keep the peace and forced to arrest five people.

Three men and two women were taken to jail. Police will be considering recommending charges of obstruction and breach of a court injunction.

 

Source: VPD | Feature Image: Handcuffs via Shutterstock

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