While Homecoming Weekend included a lot of well-attended and positive events, the partying and unsavoury behaviour overshadowed those moments for Kingston Police.
“Kingston Police are disappointed with the behaviour that was displayed on Saturday, October 19, in the Aberdeen Street area,” police said in a press release on Monday, Oct. 21, 2019. “Although most people were polite and cooperative, officers dealt with several individuals who were disrespectful and defiant, and numerous provincial and criminal offences were committed. Our community expects better.”
Police estimate there were between 10,000 and 12,000 people on the streets on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019.
“Despite these numbers and some rowdy and dangerous behaviour, no serious injuries were reported, thanks to the hard work and dedication of our officers and the assistance of our community partners and other first responders,” police said.
A total of 38 officers were deployed on Friday, Oct. 18, and 108 were deployed on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. In total, officers issued 109 provincial offences, two criminal charges, and numerous warnings.
According to Kingston Police, three criminal incidents took place on the Saturday of Homecoming Weekend:
- On Division Street, a police cruiser was damaged when a 20-year-old Toronto man climbed on top of it and began yelling and jumping up and down on the roof. The accused man jumped from the cruiser and ran when officers ordered him to get down, but he was apprehended after a short foot pursuit.
- On Aberdeen Street, a Red Bull vehicle was heavily damaged by multiple people climbing and jumping on it.
- On Johnson Street, a Kingston Police officer was assaulted while attempting to identify a male with open alcohol. This male resisted arrest and fled, and this occurred while onlookers filmed and encouraged the male suspect’s assaultive behavior. No bystanders intervened to assist the officer.
In the first incident, the Toronto man was charged with mischief and causing a disturbance. The other two incidents are currently being investigated by the Kingston Police Criminal Investigation Unit. Kingston Police are asking for public assistance in identifying those responsible for the other two incidents so that they can be held accountable for their criminal acts.
Anyone with information regarding the assault captured on video of a Kingston Police officer is asked to please contact Constable Joel Fisher at 613-549-4660, ext. 6338, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyone with information regarding the damage to the Red Bull vehicle is asked to please contact Constable Kevin Closs at 613-549-4660, ext. 6302, or via email at email@example.com.
Tips can also be provided anonymously by calling the Kingston Police general number (613-549-4660, ext. 0) and asking to be anonymous, or by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).
Additionally, Kingstonist estimates approximately 30 more street signs went missing in the University District over Homecoming Weekend. Although there was a lot of mess in the streets after Saturday’s parties, a clean-up organized by Queen’s University students proved helpful, and most of the litter was cleared up by Monday.