Urge Richmond RCMP press charges on hate crime suspects

Urge Richmond RCMP press charges on hate crime suspects

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Stop Asian Hate Crimes Advocacy Group started this petition to John horgan (Primer of British Columnbia) and

Urging RCMP press charges on Richmond Hate Crime Suspects

To: Premier John Horgan, Attorney General David Eby, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, Mike Farnworth, BC RCMP Headquarter, Mayor of Richmond, Malcolm Brodie and Richmond RCMP

We are writing this open letter to voice our deep concerns regarding the hate crime incident that happened inside and outside the Rocanini Coffee Roasters, 3900 Moncton St., in Richmond on March 29, 2021. The victims are Chinese Canadians working in the coffee shop. They recorded this hate crime incident and reported it to the Richmond RCMP. An RCMP officer arrived at the crime scene, witnessed the continuation of the crime, and arrested one of the two suspects there.

It has been almost a month since the Richmond RCMP made the arrest. To date, we have not heard that charges are laid in this case. According to the Criminal Code, in our opinion, the two suspects are co-offenders of three criminal offenses:

(1) publicly inciting hatred as defined under s.319(1), given that they were yelling racist slurs ("F Chinese") both inside the coffee shop and on the road outside the shop, and their actions obviously led to a breach of the peace;

(2) common assault as defined under s. 265, by spilling hot coffee directly on a victim, and they did so because of an obviously hate motivation against Chinese Canadians;

(3) mischief as defined under s.430(1)(c) and (d), given what they willfully indeed obstructed and interrupted the lawful operation of the coffee shop.

There is strong evidence to prove the case since the whole incident was captured by surveillance cameras and video recorder. We have all seen the posted videos online. The public, particularly the Chinese Canadian community, has voiced their concerns and strongly condemned this hate crime incident. We now urge the Richmond RCMP to press charges against both suspects according to the Criminal Code and BC's prosecution policy on hate crime.

Any delay in action will damage the integrity of our legal system and the credibility of the RCMP.  Given the overwhelming evidence that a racially motivated assault had been committed, it will be most disappointing, and dangerous, if no charge is laid against these suspects. The City of Richmond and the RCMP must not send a wrong message to the public that hate crimes against Chinese Canadians and other Asian Canadians are acceptable here.

We would like to draw attention to a call by British Columbia’s Premier John Horgan that law enforcers must act on hate crimes. In a CBC report on February 18, 2021, Mr. Horgan said violence against people of color needs to be treated as a hate crime.

News link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/bc-hate-crimes-vancouver-police-report-premier-1.5919015

According to the Richmond News, the RCMP assured Richmond residents that racism has no place in our community. “Racism has no place in our community,” said Chief Superintendent Ng. “I want to reassure the public that any investigation with potential hate motivated undertones will be given our full attention and oversight.”

We the undersigned are urging the Richmond RCMP and the relevant crown counsel to take immediate and decisive action and moving forward with the prosecution of both suspects in this hate crime case.

Initiator: Stop Asian Hate Crimes Group

强烈要求皇家骑警检控列治文仇恨犯罪嫌疑人

致:省长约翰·霍根,卑诗省总检察长大卫·埃比,公共安全部长兼副检察长迈克·法恩沃思, 卑诗省皇家骑警总部, 列治文市长马保定及和列治文皇家骑警

我们在此连署这封公开信,表达我们对2021年3月29日在列治文市3900 Moncton St.的Rocanini Coffee Roasters发生的仇恨犯罪事件的深切关注。受害者是在咖啡店工作的加拿大华裔。他们记录了这次仇恨犯罪事件,并将其报告给列治文皇家骑警。一名皇家骑警警员到达犯罪现场,亲眼目睹了犯罪的行为,并在现场逮捕了两名犯罪嫌疑人的其中一人。

列治文皇家骑警的逮捕行动已经近一个月了。迄今为止,我们还没有听到任何检控。根据《刑事法》法律条文,我们认为,这两名犯罪嫌疑人是以下三种刑事犯罪的共同犯罪者:

(1)公开煽动仇恨行为(根据第319(1)条的定义),因为他们在咖啡店内和店外道路上都在大喊种族主义诽谤(“ F Chinese”),而他们的行为显然破坏了和平。

(2)根据s265定义的普通袭击罪,嫌疑人直接将热咖啡洒在受害者身上,这明显是基于仇恨加拿大华人的行为;

(3)根据第430(1)(c)和(d)条规定的不当行为(mischief)定义,他们故意阻挠并打断了咖啡店的合法经营。

此案有充分的证据,因为整个事件都是由监控摄像机捕获并记录了视频。我们都在线观看了受害人发布的视频。公众,特别是加拿大华裔社区,表达了他们的关注,并强烈谴责了这一仇恨犯罪事件。我们现在敦促列治文皇家骑警根据《刑事法》和卑诗省针对仇恨犯罪的起诉政策对两名嫌犯提起诉讼。

执法及检控机关的任何行动上的延误都将损害我们加拿大法律体系的完整性和皇家骑警的信誉。鉴于有充分的证据表明出于种族动机的袭击已经发生,如果不对这些犯罪嫌疑人提起诉讼,那将是最令人失望和危险的。列治文市和加拿大皇家骑警一定不能向公众发出错误的信息,即仇恨针对华裔加拿大人和其他亚裔加拿大人的罪行在这里是可以接受的。

我们谨提请注意最近卑诗省省长约翰·霍根的呼吁,他要求执法人员必须对仇恨犯罪采取果断行动。霍根先生在2021年2月18日的CBC报告中说,针对有色人种的暴力行为应被视为仇恨犯罪。

以下为新闻链接:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/bc-hate-crimes-vancouver-police-report-premier-1.5919015

根据《列治文新闻》的报道,加拿大皇家骑警向列治文居民保证,种族主义在我们社区中没有地位。 “种族主义在我们社区中无处可坐,”吴警察局长说。 “我想向公众保证,任何可能引起仇恨动机的调查都将得到我们的充分重视和监督。”

我们在此连署签名, 敦促列治文市和列治文皇家骑警立即采取果断行动,起诉这起仇恨犯罪案件中的两名嫌疑人。

发起人: 反歧视亚裔仇恨犯罪小组

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