Woman charged with assault following violent police incident as tents removed from Vancouver's Hastings Street

A woman has been charged for assaulting a police officer after a violent incident involving police on Tuesday afternoon, as city staff began the process of removing tents and other structures from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

Police say Alene West, 44, has been charged with assault with a weapon, after an officer was struck in the head with an object.

In total, seven people were arrested following the incident outside the Carnegie Centre on Main and Hastings streets around 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Security guards at the centre alerted police to a man causing a disturbance. Residents and community activists came to the defence of the man, and a brawl ensued with police deploying pepper spray. 

Police have charged a woman

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