Update #103 on police enforcement of injunction order in Fairy Creek Watershed
B.C., Lake Cowichan
2021-09-20 19:00 PDT
Police enforcement of the BC Supreme Court injunction order in the Fairy Creek Watershed area continued over the weekend on Saturday, September 18 and Sunday, September 19, 2021, with enhanced roving proactive patrols in the Granite Mainline Forest Service Road and other corridors. No individuals were located in locking devices, trenches or in tripods, and therefore, no arrests were made.
During active patrols earlier this morning, on September 20, 2021, police encountered a group of people laying on the ground blocking road access. Efforts to negotiate with the group failed and they refused to leave, resulting in the arrest of 12 individuals, without incident, for breaching the injunction (contempt of court). All were processed and released.
Officers continued their roving patrols of the corridor and no other contemnors were found in locking devices or trenches.
Since enforcement began, the RCMP have arrested 1055 individuals; 110 of whom were previously arrested with a combined total of 261 times. Of the total arrested, 826 were for breaching the injunction (contempt of court), 196 were for obstruction, 16 were for mischief, 6 were for breaching their release conditions, 6 were for assaulting a police officer, 2 were for failing to comply with a court order, 1 for counselling to resist arrest, 1 for causing a disturbance, and 1 Immigration Act.
All news releases on the Fairy Creek Watershed police enforcement issued to date can be found on the Lake Cowichan RCMP Detachment website.
BC RCMP Communication Services
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