Brampton bylaw officer assaulted trying to break up birthday party

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For the second time in a week, a Brampton bylaw enforcement officer was assaulted while trying to enforce social distancing rules.

The recent incident occurred on May 2 when the officer responded to a report that a birthday party was taking place at a workplace on Steels Ave.

According to reports, the officer was confronted by those in attendance when he tried to enforce the social distancing bylaw which led to an altercation with one of the party-goers.

"We did attend a business on Steeles Ave. for a social gathering," said Brampton Bylaw Enforcement Director Paul Morrison. "Our officer went to the door and he did encounter some people who were inside the building. There was an altercation and Peel Police were contacted, attended the scene and subsequently arrested a person.

Peel Regional Police have not released any information on the matter.

IN an unrelated matter the previous week, a Brampton bylaw officer had hot coffee thrown at him while trying to enforce COVID social distancing rules in a parking lot. Police also laid a charge in this case, according to Brampton officials.

As well, a year ago in May of 2020 a Brampton bylaw enforcement officer was assaulted while trying to enforce physical distancing protocols at a backyard party.

Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown said that while the compliance rate for social distancing has very high in Brampton, these incidents need to be reined in.

"Our bylaw officers are out there doing everything they can to make our community our safe," Brown said. "It's offensive that one of our unsung pandemic heroes would be assaulted. We won't tolerate that."

 

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