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Media Release

Release Date: June 25th, 2019 - 9:07am

Originator: D/Sergeant, Crystal Kelly, 3 District Criminal Investigations Bureau, 905-825-4747 ext 2315

Contact: D/Constable, Scott Feddema, 3 District Criminal Investigations Bureau, 905-825-4747 extension 2316

Location: Burlington

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**UPDATE** Police Seeking Information Related to Hate Crimes in the City of Burlington

The Halton Regional Police Service would like to thank the public for their assistance in regards to recent hate crime incidents in Burlington. Police have received numerous tips that have led to the positive identification of a Burlington resident as person of interest #1. He has since been arrested and released at this time. Formal charges are pending further investigation which is active and ongoing.

The Halton Regional Police Service is appealing to the public to come forward with any information that would assist in determining the identity of person of interest #2 (see attached photo from original release). Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Constable Scott Feddema at 905-825-4777 ext. 2316 or the on-duty 3 District Staff Sergeant at 905-825-4777 ext. 2310.

Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers "See Something? Hear Something? Know Something? Contact Crime Stoppers" at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

Please be reminded that all persons charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Further updates will be provided when available.

The Halton Regional Police Service is committed to investigating all incidents of hate-motivated crime in our community.

The Halton Regional Police Service rigorously and thoroughly investigates any allegations or reports that a person has been targeted based on their race, national or ethnic origin, language, colour, religion, sex, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other similar factor.

Criminal offences include deliberate property damage, hate-filled graffiti, assaults, criminal harassment, or threats to cause injury or death. Hateful speech delivered on social media, in posters, and other literature may also be hate-motivated crime, if the communication targets an identifiable group and actively promotes hatred against that group.

Hate incidents or bias incidents may include name calling, racial insults or the distribution of material containing hateful language that does not meet the criminal threshold as defined by the Criminal Code.

In Canada, freedom of speech is protected and guaranteed by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Those who wish to peacefully preserve or convey a point of view have the right to do so, even if their viewpoints are considered offensive to some and/or are different from others.

If you are a victim of any incident that is motivated by hate or bias:

  • Stay calm
  • Keep all relevant material
  • Record all information regarding the incident
  • Call the police immediately

Report any incident that is motivated by hate or bias

  • In an emergency, call 9-1-1
  • In a non-emergency, call 905-825-4747

Fundamental Freedoms

According to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, everyone has the following rights:

  • Freedom of conscience and religion
  • Freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication
  • Freedom of Peaceful Assembly
  • Freedom of Association

Working Together

We must all come together to prevent hate. Social harmony is everyone's responsibility. Do the right thing. Report hate-motivated incidents to the Halton Regional Police Service or to Crime Stoppers.

ORIGINAL RELEASES:

The Halton Regional Police Service is seeking to identify the person(s) responsible for displaying hate-motivated images at various locations in Burlington. New photographs of one person of interest have been obtained (see attached).

That person of interest is described as: male, white, 18-25 years of age, average build, wearing blue jeans, Under Armour Jacket, Adidas running shoes, grey t-shirt and wearing an Adidas grey/orange/black backpack. Also observed at one incident wearing a blue baseball cap.

The Halton Regional Police Service is investigating these offences as hate crimes that willfully promote hatred. We are appealing to the public to come forward with any information that would assist us in determining the person(s) responsible. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Jared McLeod at 905-825-4777 ext. 2385 or the on-duty 3 District Staff Sergeant at 905-825-4777 ext. 2310.

Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers "See Something? Hear Something? Know Something? Contact Crime Stoppers" at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

ORINGIAL RELEASE:

Police are seeking public assistance to identify the persons responsible for displaying hate-motivated messages at six locations in the City of Burlington since May 21, 2019. See photos attached.

The first known incident occurred on May 21, 2019 near Dundas Street and Guelph Line, and involved a note being left on a private vehicle that included a hate-motivated racist message.

The second incident occurred on May 23, 2019 and involved an Anti-Semitic poster that was placed on a traffic post.

The next incident occurred on May 26, 2019 when hate propaganda was placed on a number of vehicles in the parking lot of a church near Mainway and Walkers Line.

On May 30, 2019, a complainant reported to police that an Anti-Semitic message was written on their vehicle in marker.

Sometime between June 1 and June 2, 2019, Anti-Semitic imagery was found posted on the front doors of the Burlington Art Gallery.

In the most recent known incident, Anti-Semitic imagery was found posted on the front doors of Burlington City Hall on the morning of June 2, 2019.

The Halton Regional Police Service condemns any/all such incidents that impact or erode the community's sense of safety and well-being.

"Hate crime has no place in any community, and I am confident that the persons responsible behind these ignorant, cowardly and hateful acts will be quickly identified with the public's assistance. No one has the right to make another person feel fearful because of the colour of their skin, race, religion, ethnic origin or any other factor. The Halton Regional Police Service is committed to fully investigating these crimes and ensuring those responsible are brought to justice," said Deputy Chief Nishan Duraiappah.

The HRPS is investigating these offences as hate crimes that willfully promote hatred. We are appealing to the public to come forward with any information that would assist us in determining the persons responsible. Anyone with information is asked to contact investigators at 905-825-4777 ext. 2315 or ext. 2316 or the on-duty 3 District Staff Sergeant at 905-825-4777 ext. 2310.

Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers "See Something? Hear Something? Know Something? Contact Crime Stoppers" at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.