**** HRP Media Release
Update on charges in relation to the unsanctioned Dalhousie Homecoming events
Halifax Regional Police is providing an update on the charges laid and tickets issued in relation to the unsanctioned Dalhousie Homecoming events in Halifax in October.
Officers arrested two men for criminal offences:
- Jordan Samuel Oszlak, 19, is scheduled to appear at a later date in Halifax provincial court to face three counts of assaulting a police officer and one count each of assaulting a police officer with a weapon and resisting arrest
- Luke Lockhart Slipp, 19, is scheduled to appear at a later date in Halifax provincial court to face two counts of assaulting a police officer and one count each of causing a disturbance and resisting arrest.
Officers issued a total of 122 summary offence tickets:
- 112 for Liquor Control Act violations. Additionally, four people were arrested for public intoxication under the Liquor Control Act.
- 10 summary offence tickets for noise by-law violations.
The General Investigation Section of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division is continuing to investigate the stabbing of a 19-year-old man. Investigators ask anyone with information or video in relation to this incident who have not already come forward to contact police.
On October 1, crowds of approximately 3,000 to 4,000 people, many of whom were intoxicated, gathered in the areas of Larch, Preston and Jennings streets. Officers were on scene throughout the day and into the evening, and additional resources were deployed from patrol divisions across the city as the size of the gathering increased. Officers remained in the area until the crowds were dispersed.
Some participants engaged in dangerous and criminal behavior that caused significant safety hazards for many in the community and put a huge strain on police and first responder resources. There were fights occurring within the crowds, a man was stabbed, a fire was set in the street using debris from Hurricane Fiona, fireworks were set off in the crowds and in some cases directed towards residences, and some participants were climbing poles and trees. Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency and Emergency Health Services were not able to enter the area due to the crowds and safety concerns. Officers were required to put out the fire and bring a number of injured people out of the area to paramedics for treatment, including the man who had been stabbed. Officers who were attempting to disperse the crowd were met with a high level of resistance, and a number of officers required treatment for non-life-threatening injuries after being punched, kicked, spit on and hit with projectiles.