Four Victoria police officers are recovering from their injuries, and a 29-year-old man is facing a raft of charges after a violent confrontation at Victoria’s courthouse “tent city” Thursday night.
A camp supporter calls it a regrettable incident, and Chrissy Brett says she’s glad no one was seriously hurt, but adds the domestic argument between a couple that led to officers intervening comes as campers are under increasing stress, amid uncertainty about and how the province plans to move them into housing.
Police say the trouble began when two officers patrolling inside the camp heard a couple arguing. When they intervened, they the man became combative, allegedly assaulting four officers, three of whom required hospital treatment for their injuries.
Police say they used a Taser to subdue and arrest David Christopher Keyler, who’s now facing 8 charges, including one count of assault against his girlfriend, assault causing bodily harm against two female officers and one male officer, assault against a fourth officer, and charges for possessing and carrying a prohibited weapon.
Victoria Police sayall of the officers are doing well, and spent Friday recovering at home.
At tent city, Keyler’s girlfriend accepted comfort from supporter Chrissy Brett, who says the couple had both been seeking addictions treatment, as well as access to housing the province has purchased for the campers.
Brett says they and other campers have been under increasing stress with the exact timing and plans to move campers in the 140-unit Central Care Home on Johnson Street remain uncertain.
“It’s a really stressful situation, so when we’re looking at people with less tools and more barriers and the province’s lack of ability to give any firm meaningful communication with residents a statement from the Ministry of Housing Friday said the province is working to move campers in “as soon as possible” in light of the Thursday night incident, still facing an August 8th court-ordered deadline to clear the camp.
Meanwhile Keyler will remain in custody until at least August 11th, when he’ll appear in court for a bail hearing.