Kelowna RCMP investigation into alleged racist comments at vaccine clinic

KELOWNA RCMP are investigating after video surfaced of alleged racist tirade outside local vaccine clinic.

On July 13, Kelowna RCMP responded to a complaint of protestors outside a COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Springfield Road in Kelowna.

“The original complaint was that protestors were impeding access to the clinic,” said Cpl. Jocelyn Noseworthy on Thursday. “Officers attended, spoke with staff, and dealt with the protestors. No arrests were made at that time.”

Since then, a video has emerged of a protestor yelling what appear to be racially motivated comments and accusations at a staff member who asked him to leave the property.

The accused in the video has been identified by police, and the Kelowna RCMP are in the process of conducting a full investigation into this matter.

(According to iNFOnews.ca, Bruce Orydzuk of Kelowna yelled at a security guard trying to get the protestors to move along. He told the Sikh man: “You are not a Canadian, you are disgusting. Go back to your country, you’re not a Canadian, beat it, you’re disgusting. You don’t know Canadian laws.” When the security guard told him to stay away from the property, he yelled: “Go back to India, we don’t want you here.” INFOnews)

“We are now investigating this incident through the lens of the willful promotion of hatred under Section 319 of the Criminal Code,” said Noseworthy. “Racism has no place in our community, and I want to reassure the public that this matter is being given the full attention of our General Investigative Support Team in consultation with the Provincial Hate Crimes Unit.”

Anyone who witnessed this confrontation and has not spoken to police is asked to contact the Kelowna RCMP at (250) 762-3300.

 

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