Hate crimes increasing in Mississauga and Brampton: Christians and Blacks identified as most targeted groups
Thursday, May 05, 2016
Christians and Blacks are the most targeted groups for hate crimes in Mississauga and Brampton, according to a Peel Regional Police report that points to an increase in such incidents.
The 2015 Annual Hate/Bias Motivated Crime Report presented at last month’s Police Services Board meeting shows an overall increase in reported hate crimes, from 52 in 2014 to 63 last year.
Religion was the most common motivation for hate crimes, according to the report, authored by Const. Karen McNeilly of the force’s Diversity Relations Unit.
“The Christian Faith” was the most targeted religious group, according to the report, as they were victimized in 14 of all reported hate crimes. Those incidents include several at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Cooksville last spring. An Anti-Semitic message and drawing was
spray painted on the church wall, an exterior wall of the school was
spray pained with graffiti and a statue of Jesus was twice defaced and
damaged in front of the church. The same church was also broken into,
with an amplifier being stolen. The incident was caught on video: