Mayor worries of 'mob violence' in Surrey, B.C., as police investigate video

SURREY, B.C. — The mayor of Surrey, B.C., says he's deeply concerned about "mob violence" happening in his city after a video circulated online that shows a group of young men fighting and damaging a vehicle.

A statement from Doug McCallum says it's the second such video that has been circulated online since August capturing people brawling and it's imperative that RCMP take immediate action.

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Mounties also issued a statement Friday confirming they have been investigating the video since Monday when police received two reports related to an assault with a weapon and vandalism to property in a city parking lot.

Police say their investigation expanded since police received a copy of a video on Thursday.

Cpl. Elenore Sturko says while the incident and video are disturbing, the video's wide distribution could potentially help police further their investigation and identify those involved.

The dark video shows many people carrying wooden or metal weapons and using them to smash a vehicle and assault the driver who stepped out to confront the crowd.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 15, 2019.

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