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Arrest made in two separate hate-motivated assault investigations,
Michael Park, 32



Broadcast time: 11:30
Date: Thursday, July 15, 2021
Unit: 53 Division
Phone: 416-808-5300
Case #: 1294072


The Toronto Police Service has made an arrest in two separate hate-motivated assault investigations.

On Tuesday, July 6, 2021, at 8 a.m., police attended a call for a disorderly person at Stanley Park in the King Street West and Walnut Avenue area

It is alleged that:

- a man with a non-permanent drawing of a swastika on his chest was yelling anti-Semitic slurs towards an individual

- the man then assaulted a person by throwing an object at them

- the man was located and arrested nearby

Michael Park, 32, of Toronto, was charged with:

1. Interfere with use and enjoyment of park by others (Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 608)
2. Use profane/abusive language in park (Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 608)
3. Assault with a weapon

On Saturday July 10, 2021, at 10:30 a.m., police responded to a call for an assault in the Yonge Street and Glen Elm Street area.

It is alleged that:

- the victim was walking southbound on Yonge Street when a man walking northbound showed him a non-permanent drawing of a swastika on his chest

- the man was then heard yelling anti-Semitic slurs towards a group of people

- the victim confronted the man about his language

- the victim was then punched multiple times by the man

- police located the man a short distance away

Michael Park, 32, of Toronto, was charged with:

1. Assault

He attended court on Saturday, July 10, at Old City Hall, room 112. He is next scheduled to appear at College Park Court on Thursday, July 15, 2021, via video.

After consultation with the Service's specialized Hate Crime Unit, both investigations are being treated as hate motivated.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5300, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, 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 Laura Brabant, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable Amrit Kapoor, 53 Division




Arrest made in two separate hate-motivated assault investigations,
Michael Park, 32



Arrest made in two separate hate-motivated assault investigations,
Michael Park, 32
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