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Drunk Teen Punched Cop In Face During West Van Beach Party On Canada Day

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While most people celebrated Canada Day in a safe and respectable manner, a large group of youth decided otherwise.

West Vancouver Police issued a statement saying that they dealt with a large group of approximately 300 youths at Ambleside Beach on July 1st, much of whom were intoxicated and violent as well.

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Police were on foot patrol at approximately 8:30 p.m. and came across multiple groups of minors who were intoxicated.

West Vancouver Police started handing out tickets and confiscating liquor, as is their power under the Liquor Control and Licensing Act.

However, things got out of hand.

At approximately 8:50 p.m., three officers approached the large crowd near the skate park and that’s when one person allegedly charged at an officer. The altercation was filmed by bystanders and the crowd surrounded the officers and began chanting and swearing obscenities.

In total, two officers were assaulted and the officer that was punched sustained injuries.

More police officers arrived to move the crowd towards the beach area and “physical fights” broke out amongst the group.

“Due to the violent behavior and sheer size of the unruly crowds, access to Ambleside Park was temporarily shut down, causing traffic issues and preventing families and others from enjoying the festivities at the beach”, reads the statement.

Once the youth eventually cleared out of Ambleside Beach, they made their way towards Park Royal Mall, where officers encountered more violence.

Police believe that the group of youth were from the North Shore and members ranged in age from 12 to 20-years-old.

The investigation is still ongoing.

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