Woman who tore hijab, punched another woman charged following racially motivated attack

Mar 22 2021, 11:16 am

A woman has been charged following a racially motivated hate crime that took place in downtown Calgary over the weekend.

According to police, while walking in Prince’s Island Park around 1:30 on Sunday afternoon, two women were allegedly approached by another female who became confrontational toward them.

The female allegedly followed the two women, directing racial slurs at them while they attempted to walk away from her.

Police say the female pushed one of the women to the ground and tore her hijab, before punching the victim in the face and kicking her in the stomach.

The other woman was not physically harmed, and two men who were believed to be with the suspect came up to stop the attack.

At that point, the two women were able to leave the area. They called 911 and were assisted by a good Samaritan, who remained with them until the police arrived on scene.

With the assistance of HAWCS, officers were able to find and arrest the suspect shortly after the attack.

The 28-year-old woman was charged with “common assault, mischief, and causing a disturbance in public,” according to the Calgary Police.

“To the young women who had to experience this, no one should be targeted because of their faith,” said a news release from the Calgary Police. “We hope you continue to see how strong you are.”

The police also noted that, at this time, the incident appears to have occurred in isolation from weekend protests.

Elle McLeanElle McLean

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