Teen charged for ‘hate-motivated assault’ caught on video
A 15-year-old has been charged after what is being described as a hate-motivated assault for one of two cases this month where an Indigenous person was attacked, incidents a police investigator labels as “cowardly” acts.
The Thunder Bay Police Service on Friday arrested the teen, charging him with assault for an incident captured on video showing a woman being struck out on the city’s north side. Police are also seeking approval from the provincial Ministry of the Attorney General to lay a charge of willful promotion of hatred.
That arrest came one day after police announced they were investigating a separate assault at the Water Street bus terminal that left a 52-year-old man bloodied and in need of medical attention.
“It’s a cowardly act by the assailants, going up and striking two people,” Det. Insp. Ryan Hughes said. “That shouldn’t be happening. We encourage people who see that to come forward and speak with the police.”
Hughes said the incident involving the teen happened on July 3 in the area of Water and Camelot streets. Police issued a press release the next day, appealing for the victim or anyone with information to come forward.
Under the Criminal Code, a charge of willful promotion of hate requires public comments inciting hate “against any identifiable group.” Hughes said it is a charge city police lay “not very often.”
The accused cannot be identified in accordance with the Youth Criminal Justice Act and as a result images from the incident will not be published. – Tbnewswatch
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If this person is going to be charged with willful promotion of hate requires public comments inciting hate “against any identifiable group, then the public deserves to know the name of the assailant, no mater what the age. If found guilty, the name should be published. There should be no place for racism to hide. THAT might make a difference. Public shaming works. Sunshine is a great disinfectant.
Just so you know, I am not a supporter of Hate Laws. I am a firm believer in equality before the law. An assault is an assault no matter the victim’s race, religion, politics, gender, absence of gender….none of that should matter. Motivation for the assault should not make a difference in the charges laid.
What assault is not motivated by hate? Seriously….think about that.