Thunder Bay Police Investigate Facebook Based Hate Crimes

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Cyber Protection Update
Cyber Crime Update

Cyber Protection Update
Cyber Crime Update

THUNDER BAY – CRIME News – The Thunder Bay Police Service are in the preliminary stages of an investigation into racially charged comments that have been posted on two Facebook pages.

In a statement the T.B.P.S. say, “The origins of these pages appear to be local. The remarks are derogatory and extremely offensive. Included in the posts are pictures of who appear to be Aboriginal persons.

“While too early to determine if there is a criminal aspect to these pages, the necessity to condemn this kind of activity is clear. As a community, we cannot tolerate the use of social media to express extreme racism. It is disappointing to say the least that this type of behavior is originating in our city. We must take a collective stand against this.

The Thunder Bay Police Service has been in contact with city officials and the concerns are clear.

Acting Mayor Paul Pugh says that “Targeting a person or group’s identity is unacceptable in our City and does not reflect our values or the views of most people in Thunder Bay.”

Police state, “Our police service will investigate hate-motivated crimes. This includes web based forms of communication which targets a race, religion or life style”.

This is early in the investigation and more information should be available regarding our progress this Monday.