Coronavirus: Coughing on officers could lead to charges, warn Vancouver police

As the novel coronavirus crisis continues, the Vancouver Police Department has issued a warning, saying coughing on police officers is a serious offence that could lead to criminal charges.

On April 8, Vancouver Police Chief Adam Palmer stated on Twitter: “We’ve had 2 recent incidents where suspects are threatening, coughing or spitting at #VPD officers & claiming to have #COVID19 – both charged with assaulting an officer. So proud of our members showing courage in the face of adversity.” 

Sgt. Aaron Roed, VPD media spokesperson, told Mornings with Simi that the charges can be serious.

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