Authorities in North Vancouver are taking steps to better keep the peace, as an emotional case makes its way through the courts.
There have been several tense court hearings, as those accused of killing Luka Gordic appear in court.
A hearing on Monday ended in a physical altercation.
Video from Global News shows the family of Gordic, the young man killed in Whistler on May 17th, attacking a vehicle connected to one of the accused’s, Arvin Golic’s family.
Gordic’s family claims they were provoked off camera.
CKNW has now learned RCMP are in talks with the BC Sheriff Service to make sure that type of altercation doesn’t happen again.
RCMP say they will have a presence at future court hearings connected to the case, if asked, to make sure any demonstrations are peaceful.
Security at the courthouse was tightened before the hearings began in anticipation of a crowd, with extra measures like the use of metal detectors.
Lawyer urging restraint
The lawyer for one of the other young men accused in Gordic’s death says he can’t imagine the pain the victim’s family is experiencing.
But Brij Mohan is calling for calm.
“The family and the rest of society has to understand that we have a fundamental principal of justice, and that principal says that there’s a presumption of innocence throughout.”
He says everyone involved in the case should try to be patient for justice, as hard as that may be.
Mohan adds he has full confidence in BC Sheriff’s department to keep the peace.
Gordic family admits emotions high
Gordic’s uncle Gianni Buono says it is almost impossible to stay composed 100-percent of the time when you are provoked by an accused’s family.
Buono says one of the members of Golic’s family threw his hands up in the courtroom, angering many of his family members.
He says another family member was given the middle finger.
To make matters worse, Buono says the family feels like the justice system has failed them.
“Everyone has told us, from victim’s services to police to lawyers, everyone has told us to date that we’re going to be disappointed. What kind of human reaction are you going to expect?”
Buono says after around eight court appearances, Monday’s was the first that ended in an altercation.
He’s convinced it won’t happen again.
All accused out on bail
All four people charged with Gordic’s death are now out on bail.
Arvin Golic has been released into the custody of his family with conditions.
Three other young people, who cannot be named, have also been released to their families.