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Burnaby RCMP say officers hurt while making arrests at Kinder Morgan site

Last Updated Mar 20, 2018 at 5:38 pm PDT

File - Arrests at a Kinder Morgan site on March 19, 2018 (Screengrab: Breakfast Television Vancouver video)

RCMP say officer in Burnaby was kicked in the head while arresting people demonstrating against Kinder Morgan

BURNABY (NEWS 1130) – Mounties in Burnaby say an officer was kicked in the head while arresting people involved in demonstrations against Kinder Morgan. That officer is one of three that the RCMP say were injured last night on Shellmont Street.

Four people were arrested between 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., including a man who RCMP say locked himself to the front of an excavator that was being transported on the back of a flat bed truck.

Police also say a woman climbed on top of the excavator and refused to come down for hours. They say she resisted arrest, but in the end was taken into custody.

The two were arrested, accused of being in contempt of a court-ordered injunction.

According to Mounties, other demonstrators tried to interfere with the arrest. A man and woman were arrested for obstruction.

RCMP say one officer suffered a head injury after being kicked in the head, while others received a knee injury. A news release says all of their injuries are minor.

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Fifteen demonstrators were arrested earlier yesterday. Thirteen of those people were arrested after RCMP say they refused to leave after they were shown a copy of the injunction.

RCMP say a man was arrested after he man climbed a tree at the Westridge Marine Terminal. Another was arrested for obstruction.

“Police are continuing to use a measured approach when dealing with demonstrators ensuring that they have a right to lawful, peaceful and safe protest,” says Supt. Chuck McDonald in a written release.

“In this instance, a group of demonstrators made a decision to protest unlawfully, our officers on scene dealt with an unfolding situation professionally and took action to ensure the safety of all involved.”

Meantime, Burnaby RCMP say 12 protesters were arrested for violating a court injunction staying demonstrators can’t get within five metres of the work site.