RCMP investigate racist tirade outside vaccine clinic

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By: Tiffany Crawford

Mounties are investigating an alleged hate crime after video surfaced of a racist tirade outside a vaccine clinic Tuesday in Kelowna.

Kelowna RCMP officers responded to a complaint of protesters outside a COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Springfield Road in Kelowna.

“The original complaint was that protesters were impeding access to the clinic,” said Cpl. Jocelyn Noseworthy, a spokeswoman for the Kelowna RCMP.

“Officers attended, spoke with staff and dealt with the protesters. No arrests were made at that time.”

Since then, a video has emerged of a protester yelling what appear to be racially motivated comments and accusations at a security guard, who asked him to leave the property.

In the video, which is posted on YouTube by INFOnews, a man can be heard telling a security guard, “You are not a Canadian, you are disgusting.”

The man in the video repeats the slur and tells him to “go back to his country” and adds: “You don’t know Canadian laws.”

The accused in the video has been identified by police, and Kelowna RCMP are investigating.

“We are now investigating this incident through the lens of the wilful promotion of hatred under Section 319 of the Criminal Code,” said Noseworthy.

“Racism has no place in our community, and I want to reassure the public that this matter is being given the full attention of our general investigative support team in consultation with the provincial hate crimes unit.”

Anyone who witnessed the confrontation and has not spoken to police is asked to contact the Kelowna RCMP detachment at 250-762-3300.

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