Mayor Gregor Robertson extended a formal apology to the three men at the centre of the Pacific Centre Mall controversy over brunch today.
“Well I wanted to make sure that these three gentlemen felt welcome here in Vancouver, I apologized on behalf of the City, they obviously had to deal with a very unfortunate situation.”
The three men, deemed suspicious for taking pictures at the entrances and exits of the mall, were later identified as innocent travellers from the U.K. who are in Vancouver for a medical treatment.
Two of them are visually impaired, and they use their cameras to allow them to get a closer look at what’s around them.
“The VPD has done a good job looking after these guys – we have two officers that are making sure they can get around the city, that they’re taken care of. And that’s going to be the case for the rest of the visit here, they’re here through the rest of the week.”
“But I wanted to make sure as the mayor of the city, a lot of people care about this and care about them and make sure that they feel welcome and respected here.”
Robertson added if there was one positive side to the incident, it was the outpouring of support the men received after the incident.
The men say they don’t blame the police for the ordeal but say they’re considering legal action against Vancity Buzz, the news and culture website that published the unblurred photos.
Vancity Buzz referred questions about a potential suit to its’ legal counsel.
The men were identified as ‘Middle Eastern’ and acting suspiciously in various media reports before Police cleared them of any wrongdoing.