On Jan 3, 2022, St. Paul RCMP received a report of a social media video showing youth expressing a racial slur directed at the African Canadian community, in unison, during a social gathering on Dec. 31, 2021.
St. Paul RCMP have initiated an investigation into this matter. The St. Paul RCMP want to assure the public that this incident is being taken very seriously and are utilizing the appropriate resources, including the Alberta RCMP Hate Crimes Coordinator, to ensure a thorough investigation is conducted.
As a result of the social media post some of the youth alleged to have been involved have been threatened. Investigations into those allegations have also been undertaken.
Hate-motivated crimes are criminal offences committed against a person, an organization or property that are motivated by hate, prejudice or bias against an identifiable group. A hate-motivated incident may be motivated by the same factors as a hate-motivated crime, but it does not reach the threshold of being a criminal offence. Such incidents may include name-calling or racial insults.
St. Paul RCMP urge members of the public to resist the urge to take matters into their own hands. St. Paul RCMP are working with the community and School Board to ensure all students feel safe. The St. Paul RCMP encourages all victims and witnesses to report any hate-motivated crime or incident to their local police of jurisdiction.
St. Paul RCMP are asking the public’s assistance for any information in relation to this incident or identifying those responsible. Please contact St. Paul RCMP at 780-645-8870 or your local police. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.