Vancouver mayor says he and his wife were harassed on weekend

Mayor claims harassment

Police are investigating after the mayor of Vancouver says he and his wife were harassed while shopping Yaletown on the weekend.

CTV News Vancouver is reporting that Vancouver mayor Kennedy Stewart released a statement about the incident on Monday.

"A white male in his late 40s or early 50s who was shopping in the store approached us and began to verbally harass me," Stewart said in his statement.

"He then moved to target Jeanette with his verbal abuse and to disparage people living without homes. His attitude became increasingly aggressive and he initiated physical contact with me."

Stewart indicates he asked the man to leave them alone "repeatedly."

"I told him three times that if he did not leave us alone and respect our personal space, I would call the police," the mayor's statement said.

"When he continued and challenged me to step outside, I called the police and described the incident."

Police have indicated they took statements, issued a warning and are considering charges.

Stewart claims this type of behaviour is on the rise.

"Where I fully respect people’s right to express different viewpoints, resorting to harassment or violence is unacceptable," he said.

-with files from CTV News Vancouver

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