Mother, kids verbally accosted in downtown Calgary in hate-motivated incident: police – Calgary


Calgary police are trying to identify a man accused of berating a Muslim woman and her young children in what they believe was a hate-motivated incident.

Police said they were alerted to the incident by someone who witnessed the verbal attack just before noon on Tuesday.

The victim, who was wearing a Burka, was near 6 Avenue and 8 Street Southwest when she was accosted.

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Police describe the man as being approximately 50 years old and wearing a turquoise-coloured shirt, and a white hat. No photos of him have been released.

Investigators ask witnesses to call the non-emergency line at 403-266-1234 or to contact Crime Stoppers anonymously.

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Police are also asking the victim to come forward.

“We are committed to investigating all allegations of hate-motivated incidents,” Senior Const. Craig Collins said in a news release.

“We recognize the lasting emotional impact such offences have on those involved. Our priority is to ensure Calgarians from all communities feel safe in our city.”

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Police said it’s crucial for witnesses to step in when unacceptable behaviour is witnessed and call officers for support.

“Hate-motivated crimes are recognizable crimes — like assault, theft, vandalism or any other crime — where the offender was motivated by bias, prejudice or hate that is based on one of nine personal characteristics of the victim,” a news release said.

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“The characteristics include race, national or ethnic origin, language, (skin) colour, religion, sex, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.”

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