Some Question Hamilton Police Tactics at Weekend Party

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Published September 23, 2019 at 6:16 pm

West Hamilton’s unsanctioned event went off without a hitch, according to some, but others seem critical of the response by Hamilton Police and McMaster University.

West Hamilton’s unsanctioned event went off without a hitch, according to some, but others seem critical of the response by Hamilton Police and McMaster University.

While police say they don’t have a definitive number as to how many were in attendance, they did say “the crowd was large enough for the street to be closed.” Local media outlets put attendance as high as 5000.

There was certainly a heavy presence in the neighbourhood as police confirmed there were “approximately 130 officers in attendance over the course of the day.”

Hamilton Police say they worked closely with Hamilton Paramedics, Hamilton Fire, By-Law, McMaster Security and called in support from London Police.

Many people in attendance at the event were critical of the police’s involvement. Some even accused them of ticketing a person collecting bottles during the cleanup. Others drew parallels to this summer’s Pride event in Gage Park.

“Thank you @HamiltonPolice for ticketing a person collecting empty cans and bottles in a shopping cart to recycle!!! Keeping our community safe!” wrote one Twitter user.

“Yeah thanks for ticketing the homeless man trying to make a living while helping clean up at the same time,” claimed another.

Police were also accused of “forcibly” [grabbing] multiple young women at the collar of their shirts.”

When asked about the unverified allegations of having a heavy hand at the event, police said:

“Given the size of the crowd, Hamilton Police are pleased to report there were no major issues and everyone was being safe and respectful.”

They said there were several medical calls and by-law infractions but no arrests.

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