Three suspicious men at mall identified, public safe!

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Vancouver mayor apologizes

Vancouver, January 22 (CINEWS): Apparently it was all a misunderstanding, but when three men were seen in security footage at Pacific Centre Mall taking photographs inside, alarm bells went off. Thousands of people take pictures in malls and public spaces, but these three men looked Middle-Eastern.
All three men were cooperative with investigators and they had a very logical explanation regarding their behaviour. The investigation has conclusively determined that their actions were completely innocent. Police said that Vancouver remains a very safe city and the public should have no concerns about shopping at Pacific Centre or attending any other public place.
Here’s what happened- around 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 12, the three men were seen inside the Pacific Centre Mall taking photographs of the entrances and exits.
Vancouver Police Chief Adam Palmer on Friday said in a statement: “There is no information to believe that these men have committed a crime. Nor do we have information to believe that the public is currently at risk. Police are interested in speaking with them about their activity in the mall.
“Public safety remains our top priority and we are working with mall security and management to ensure the safety of visitors and staff. The VPD has been conducting an investigation into the actions and identity of these three men.
“There have been a number of investigative steps that have taken place in an attempt to identify them. Investigations not only work to confirm, but to eliminate the possibility that an offence has taken place. Out of an abundance of caution, we need to gather information to determine what was happening in the mall.”
The two men and one youth who gained unwanted attention were infact British tourists. The police and public have been most apologetic and everyone concerned is embarrassed by this case of blatant profiling. But then again, the police are on edge when it comes to issues like terrorism which is unfortunately at the top of most peoples’ minds. This may not be the last such case of mistaken identity, in fact it might only be the beginning.

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