Partiers at English Bay were blasted with a beam of light from an RCMP Air-1 helicopter Friday night. It was Vancouver Police’s attempt to disperse the crowds.
“The beaches were very busy, with several thousand people staying well into the evening,” said Sgt. Steve Addison in an email.
Officers also patrolled the beach on foot, he said, to encourage social distancing and maintain order.
At one point, a fight broke out and two arrests were made.
People in the city’s West End reported hearing helicopter sounds throughout the evening.
What the hell is happening in West End Vancouver by English Bay?! This has been going on for about a half hour at least. pic.twitter.com/nhGAPfuJAP
— Mariel K Hunter (@marielkhunter) May 15, 2021
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