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Police seek public assistance in hate-motivated Mischief investigation,
Gerrard Street East and Ontario Street

Broadcast time: 08:45
Date: Thursday, March 25, 2021
Unit: 51 Division
Phone: 416-808-5100
Case #: 2021-536170

The Toronto Police Service requests the public's assistance with a hate-motivated mischief investigation.

On Tuesday, March 23, 2021, at approximately 4:57 p.m., officers responded to a call for a Hate Crime in the Gerrard Street East and Ontario Street area.

It is reported that:

- vandalism was discovered on the side of a building

- the vandalism contained racial slurs directed against the Asian community

After consultation with the Service's specialized Hate Crime Unit, the mischief is being investigated as a Hate Crime.

Investigators would like anyone who may have security camera video in the area to contact police.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5100, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at, online on our Facebook Leave a Tip page, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes or Google Play.

When suspected hate-motivated offences are reported to police, the investigation will be led by a divisional investigator. The Hate Crime Unit will be made aware and specialized officers from that unit will support the investigation as needed.

If it is alleged a criminal offence was committed (such as assault or mischief) and it is believed to have been motivated by bias, prejudice or hate, the officer-in-charge will consult with the Crown. If a person is charged and convicted of the offence, the Judge will take into consideration hate as an aggravating factor when imposing a sentence.

Wilful promotion of hatred and advocating genocide are hate propaganda (hate speech) offences which require the Attorney General’s consent. Members of the Hate Crime Unit will provide assistance and support to the divisional investigators in seeking the Attorney General’s consent to lay these charges, if applicable. These charges are often laid at a later time.

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Constable David Hopkinson, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable Chris Skelton, 51 Division