Hate-motivated incidents worry Peel police chief

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Such demonstrations have the police concerned

In recent months, several issues like Friday prayers in Peel High Schools, demonstrations against M-103 have caused more than a small uproar in Peel Region.

So last week it wasn’t Mississauga’s Mayor Bonnie Crombie who expressed outrage and sadness over these hate-motivated incidents but Peel Regional Police Chief Jennifer Evans who voiced her concern.

In a video Thursday, April 20, addressing residents about a rise in the number of hate-motivated incidents.

“Hate-motivated incidents violate our feelings of safety and security and should not be tolerated,” she said.

She urged anyone who feels they have been a victim of a hate-motivated incident to call Peel police.

“I want to assure you that when we receive reports that concern the community, we act immediately,” she said.

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She said she is “very concerned” about recent hate-motivated incidents.

The latest incident was a death threat against a Mississauga imam who spoke out in favour of accommodating Muslim prayer at Peel public schools.

Ibrahim Hindy, an imam at Dar Al-Tawheed Islamic Centre in Mississauga, posted screen shots of two threats on Facebook Tuesday.

Going forward it is clear that there will be more such incidents and tensions in Peel Region, the issues are complex and have to do also with the changing demographics in the region and its accompanying tensions. – CINEWS

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