ONTARIO’S Peel Regional Police are investigating a hate-motivated crime against a family in Mississauga.
It was reported that on Saturday, September 11, at approximately 5:30 p.m., the victim, a 44-year-old man and his family were conducting a faith ceremony in the area of Barbertown Road and Mississauga Road in the City of Mississauga. Two males approached the family, shouted derogatory and hateful remarks and assaulted the victim several times, including throwing rocks at him. The victim was able to break away and he and his family retreated to their vehicle. As the victim drove away, stones were thrown at his car, causing damage.
The victim attended a local hospital for his injuries that were deemed non-life-threatening in nature. His wife and two young children did not suffer any physical injuries.
Both suspects are described as being 16 to 18 years of age with dark hair. One male is believed to be white, and the second male is believed to be Asian.
“The abundance of rich culture and diversity that we have here in Peel Region is one of our many strengths. Being able to practice and celebrate one’s faith in peace and safety is a fundamental right here in Canada. Hateful, deliberate acts such as this will not be tolerated and I can assure you that the appropriate resources are being allocated to identify those responsible,” said Nishan Duraiappah, Chief of Peel Regional Police
Peel Regional Police said that members from their Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Bureau have initiated the Reassurance Protocol to provide the family with social support and relevant services if needed.
Police are appealing to anyone with information including dashcam video regarding this incident to contact investigators with the 11 Division Criminal Investigation Bureau at (905)453-2121, ext. 1133. Information may also be left anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or by visiting www.