Fight video update: Police say 3 people deported after Surrey brawl
SURREY – Three people have been deported from Canada since police began investigating video of a Surrey brawl that circulated on social media over the summer.
The video was captured in the Strawberry Hill area back in August, and shows someone being punched and kicked by at least four other people.
On Tuesday, Surrey RCMP revealed investigators have been "actively engaged" with the problem of group violence in the city since March, working with business owners and investigating some 50 people, three of whom have since been deported.
"While not all of these incidents involve international students, law enforcement officials want to remind individuals who are visiting Canada on a visa that any engagement in criminal activity violates the condition of their visa and they could be removed from Canada as a result," said Cpl. Elenore Sturko, media relations officer for Surrey RCMP
All three of the deportees were investigated in connection with the Strawberry Hill incident. In addition, the RCMP said "the status of three other individuals is currently being reviewed."
Last week, another troubling video emerged showing a mob of young men using golf clubs and other makeshift weapons to damage cars and attack at least one person in a Newton parking lot.
The RCMP has not announced any arrests in connection with the latest incident, but its investigation is still ongoing.
A community forum was held at the Grand Taj Banquet Hall Tuesday night to address growing concerns about violence in Surrey.
"There's fear in the community," said Ashiana Khan, CEO of Media Waves Communications, which hosted the event.
Hundreds of people turned up to have their say. Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum and representatives from the provincial and federal governments were in attendance.
Nearly a dozen speakers took to the stage, many of them blaming a spike in mob-style violence on students from out of the country.
"We're not going to put up with this. Go back to the countries that you came from," said McCallum in reaction to the videos.
The open mic portion of the evening got heated at one point after a former international student shared his experience. He lashed out at many of the speakers for painting students with the same brush. The man called them a “disgrace” before he was kicked off the stage and booed out of the room.
"We're not against international students but when they come here they have to behave in the same manner as us Canadians behave," said Khan.
RCMP are adamant that students aren't the only ones on their radar. Investigators are looking into people from all different backgrounds.
"They've actually identified a group of about 50 individuals who’ve been congregating in that area and who may be responsible," explained Sturko.
"The violence has escalated now into these type of random gang violence, that's new. And we need to have the RCMP, until we get out own police, be a lot more proactive," McCallum told CTV News.
As part of their ongoing efforts that began back in March, authorities said they have kept an "overt presence" of Community Response Unit officers in the Newton area to address complaints about harassment, public drunkenness and fighting involving youths and young adults.
Officers from the Surrey Gang Enforcement Team and traffic services have also been conducting regular patrols.
Surrey RCMP asked anyone with information on the latest fight video, which was recorded on Nov. 11, to contact the detachment or Crime Stoppers.