Police Kill 62-Year-Old Ejaz Choudry After Undergoing Schizophrenia Episode In His Apartment

“He can’t think straight, he’s schizophrenic, and police are going and killing him because he’s going to kill himself? Where’s the logic in that?”

62-year-old Ejaz Ahmed Choudry, who suffered from schizophrenia, was shot and killed by a Peel Region police officer in his apartment in Mississauga, Canada. His family had called a non-emergency line in order for him to be taken to the hospital during a mental-health crisis. 

Police Constable Sarah Patten confirmed that the initial call stated that Mr. Choudry was suffering from a medical condition and had not taken his medication. She further stated that he was alone in his home, was in a “state of crisis” and believed that he was armed with a kitchen knife. As a result, Patten confirmed that the police believed that Mr. Choudry was a danger to himself.

When the police arrived, they removed everyone from the apartment except Mr. Choudry. “When that happened, his daughter started yelling his name, saying ‘Come outside. They want to help you.’” said Khizar Shahzard, a nephew of the victim. Upon hearing his daughter, Choudry opened the door but closed it immediately after seeing the police. Shahzad recalls telling the officers that his uncle is scared of their uniforms and guns. “If you go upstairs with that, he’s going to be scared. He’s having an episode.”

The officers started shouting at him in English from outside the apartment. Choudry, an immigrant from Pakistan, did not speak English. The family says they asked to be allowed to try and calm their uncle down, but the officers refused and told them to remain patient. “Anyone in distress knows that when anyone you know that really cares about you comes and tells you ‘Hey, it’s going to be okay,’ it makes a difference, said Hassan Choudhary, Mr. Choudhry’s nephew. “None of us were able to go up there and say, ‘Uncle, you’re going to be okay.’” 

The Province of Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) – which steps in where officers are involved in cases of death or serious injury – stated that Mr. Choudry had locked himself in the unit and the officers were able to communicate with him for a period of time. After communication with Mr. Choudry had stopped, the officers had forcefully entered the unit. 

While officers were trying to access the front door, other officers scaled the balcony. Upon entry, the officers had used a taser and fired plastic projectiles from an anti-riot weapon. When these weapons appeared to have no effect, Mr. Choudry was shot and killed shortly afterwards. The SIU is currently investigating approximately ten officers, and has obtained video footage related to the case.

One video, taken by a bystander and posted on Twitter, shows tactical units entering through the second-floor unit’s balcony, and three officers are shown yelling into the apartment and kicking open the door; gunshots can be heard before all three officers entered.

Mr. Choudry’s death comes during a time of heightened scrutiny of police brutality and systemic racism in North America. “He wasn’t a danger to anyone else. He was by himself in his home where he felt safe,” said Hassan Choudhary, the victim’s nephew. “He can’t think straight, he’s schizophrenic, and [police] are going and killing him because he’s going to kill himself? Where’s the logic in that?” He stated that his uncle would easily be out of breath after taking only a few steps, and was not trying to hurt anyone else.

Mr. Choudhary’s comments highlight the lack of de-escalation tactics used by the police. “It’s clear from everything that the family has already shared, from the eyewitness reports, from the video evidence that we have, that the senseless acts of Peel police yesterday was wildly excessive,” said Ibrahim Hindy, president of the Muslim Council of Peel. 

“There are reports in the news saying they [had tried] to de-escalate the situation. I was there. There was no conversation.” Shahzad said.

The family, along with Mr. Hindy, held a news conference and demanded a public inquiry into the shooting. 

“It’s sad to see that someone that genuine and beautiful is taken from us.” said Mr. Choudhary, who describes his uncle as a bright, caring man who always spent time with his family. 

“What happened yesterday was a crazy event. Something that we never thought we’d ever have to see” said Mr. Choudhary. “It was a tough time because we felt that police, paramedics are there to help you, protect you and serve you. But after yesterday’s episode, it really shows you who’s here to protect and serve you. There’s no one.”

“They keep saying he was a threat to himself, but what did you do? You thought he was a threat to himself, so you’re going to kill him?”

Protests ensued across the Greater Toronto Area as a result of Mr. Chaudry’s death, calling for “Justice for Ejaz” and police reform. Earlier this week, a police officer was suspended amid a video showing the officer pushing a man to the ground in Oakville, Ontario. Mr. Chaudry has also become one of the many recent innocent victims to fall victim to police brutality in Canada. Earlier this year, Campbell D’Andre, a 26 year-old black man was also fatally shot by the Peel Police after experiencing a mental health crisis in his own home.

“It’s very sad when a life is lost in our community” said Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie on Twitter. “I ask the SIU to act quickly. Our goal is to support the vulnerable and ensure these incidents never happen again. The 2021 @PeelPolice budget will be reviewed through a different lens.”

Anyone with information or video evidence of the incident is asked to contact the lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529.

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Muslim Woman Forced To Take Mugshot Without Hijab In Florida

Alaa Massri protested for Black Lives. The Miami Police Department’s answer: they forced her hijab off for a mugshot.

Alaa Massri, a college student, was protesting in a Black Lives Matter protest in Miami, Florida on June 10th, 2020. As a college student, Massri was a part of the medic team providing aid for protestors who got hurt. During the protest in Miami, she noticed a police car hitting a protestor, and she began rushing to help whoever got hurt. However, immediately she faced a group of cops in riot gear. The police began touching her, unwarrantedly, while she says she respectfully asked them to stop. Their response: arrest her. 

After allegedly zip-tying her, charging her with battery, resisting an officer with violence, and disorderly conduct, they took her to Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Facility where they placed her into handcuffs. They proceeded to take off her hijab for her mugshot. After unlawfully taking her picture, her photo was shown on TV across many platforms. And as if taking off her hijab for the mugshot wasn’t enough, they denied her her right to wear it for the seven hours after. 

The Miami Police Department has a history of racism that dates back to its establishment in 1896. Even within the police department, Black officers addressed discrimination and racism to the chief, Jorge Colina. In fact, the infamous “When the looting starts, the shooting starts,” phrase Trump used in a Twitter post back in May was coined by Miami police chief Walter E. Headley in 1967

 


 
Massri was going to help a protester who was injured by the police. But, the police arrested Massri unlawfully. She was not told the reason she was arrested. The Miami Police Department did not read her her Miranda rights—a principle that requires all police officers to notify arrested citizens of their rights. Her constitutional right to wear a hijab was stripped. Her constitutional right to freedom of speech was violated. And many of her human rights were violated. 

Alaa Massri is still facing all charges and sits with the traumatizing experience of being emotionally, mentally, and physically violated by the police. Behavior like this from police departments across the United States continue to prove that the policing system needs to be reformed. 

Demand justice by signing her petition here

 

#LetNoorRun: Ohio Bill Protecting Student-Athlete’s Religious Expression Passes

After Ohio state disqualified Noor from a cross country district meet for wearing a hijab, she went to Ohio’s Senate Education Committee for change.

Ohio’s Senate Bill 288, which protects “student religious expression in interscholastic athletics and extracurricular activities”, received unanimous approval from Ohio’s Senate Education Committee. The Bill now awaits Senate approval.

Introduced in February 2020, the Bill prevents any public or non-public school from restricting the wearing of religious apparel while competing in school sports or extracurricular activities. It also prevents them from requiring any type of advanced approval, written waivers or any other permission to wear the religious apparel prior to participating in a sport.

The bill, sponsored by State Senator Theresa Gavarone, was created in response to the controversy caused by the disqualification of runner Noor Alexandria Abukaram, 16, during a cross country race. Abukaram, who began wearing a hijab in 2016, was disqualified from a cross-country race while she was running. Her coach emphasized that she had not applied for a waiver at the district-level allowing her to participate in a hijab as it was considered a violation of proper uniform. 

Abukaram’s testified about her experience and the need for legislative reform at a meeting of the Ohio Senate Education Committee earlier this month. “(Abukaram’s mother) didn’t deem the hijab a uniform change, just as they don’t deem a student wearing a necklace with a cross on it a uniform change. It’s not a uniform, it’s something that I wear because of my religion, it’s a part of me” said Abukaram to the Senate Education Committee.

During the committee hearing, Abukaram also received an apology from Senator Vernon Sykes. “I’d like to apologize to you as a policy maker that a policy was in place that was so insensitive and it harmed you in the way that it did,” Sykes said.

Howie Beigelman, of the Ohio Jewish Communities, also provided written testimony stating that it is not the government’s place to allow the infringement of religious rights and that allowing student athletes to wear religious clothing around their peers provides more benefits than harm. “Such interactions on the field and on the court help disprove stereotypes, educate in a unique way, break down barriers, and build friendships,” Beigelman said.

After Gavarone reached out to Abukaram as the bill was in its drafting stages, the runner also started an advocacy initiative, “Let Noor Run.” The initiative’s goal was to end discrimination in sports, especially based on religious apparel. In an interview with the New York Times, Abukaram made it clear that wearing a hijab while playing a sport is not uncommon, referencing hijab-wearing Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad. 

Muhammad, along with U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, also showed support towards the runner’s initiative.

“This bill really just emulates everything I’ve been working towards” said Abukaram at the time the bill was created. “The whole idea is just to make sure this never happens to anyone ever again, whether they’re Muslim or whatever it is that they believe in. They shouldn’t have to stop playing sports because of their beliefs.”

“Freedom of religion is a fundamental right and civil liberty in this country” said Gavarone added. “My hope is that through this legislation and Noor’s story we will be able to ensure that no one, regardless of religious affiliation, has to choose between playing a sport or their religious beliefs.”

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UN Removes Saudi Arabia From ‘Blacklist Of Warring Parties’ For War Crimes In Yemen

This controversial decision comes after a Houthi rebel airstrike killed 13 civilians on Monday, which included four children.

The UN’s decision to remove Saudi Arabia “from a blacklist of warring parties” responsible for the countless deaths of Yemini children has been met with severe backlash according to reports by The New Arab

This controversial decision comes after a Houthi rebel airstrike killed 13 civilians on Monday, which included four children.

“Saudi Arabia was responsible for the deaths and injuries of 222 children in Yemen in 2019, the rebel Houthi movement for 313, and forces allied to the UN-recognised Yemen government responsible for 96 casualties,” according to Reuters

The Saudi-led coalition, which also has ties to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), would, “be delisted for the violation of killing and maiming, following a sustained significant decrease in killing and maiming due to air strikes,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said. 

Saudi’s constant delisting efforts exerted “unexceptable” pressure on the UN, with Riyadh even threatening to cut their funding. However, if the number of child casualties in Yemen continues to rise, Saudi and the UAE would be at risk of re-listing. 

 

 

Although many are aware of the Yemen crisis, some may be unaware of the extent of the situation. Here is a breakdown of what’s going on:

War and Intervention

The Northern Yemen-based group Ansar Allah, better known as Houthi rebel fighters, came in and took full control of the capital, Sanaa, in early 2015. Their control advanced southward from the capital down to the city of Aden. In March of 2015, Yemeni president Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi fled to Saudi Arabia, and urged for an intervention. Saudi formed its coalition and launched a proxy war against the rebels, which has been going on for about five years, while the Yemeni president remains in Riyadh. 

Comedian and political commentator Hasan Minhaj explained the conflict, where he broke down the entire situation in less than a minute on his show Patriot Act.

“So take three wars, shove them into the Arab world’s poorest country, and that’s the conflict in Yemen.”

The United States has been supplying the Saudi government with weapons since the Obama administration, with the U.K. leading as the second largest arms exporter. 

Devastations

The ongoing war in Yemen has caused major devastations, some of which include:

Increased famine, with a Yemini child dying approximately every 10 minutes. 

A Cholera epidemic.

Worsening the COVID-19 pandemic across the country.

Multiple Instagram posts have been made in an effort to educate social media users of these extremities:

 

 

 

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What Can You Do to Help?

Educate and inform others by sharing this article and other Instagram posts raising awareness about the Yemen crisis. 

Write to your MP to end the sales of weapons to Saudi Arabia.

Donate and sign petitions at: https://yemencrisis.carrd

 

READ MORE: Here Is Everything Happening In Yemen Right Now

Trump Signs Bill Rebuking China’s Treatment Of Uyghur Muslims

Donald Trump signs a bill that calls for sanctions on China in response to their brutal mistreatment of Uyghur Muslims.

President Trump signed a bill that calls for sanctions on China in response to their brutal mistreatment of Uyghur Muslims on Wednesday afternoon. This bill, which would require Trump to revoke officials’ entry visas if they’re found to be connected to the internment of the Uyghur population, was signed after John R. Bolton, Trump’s former national security advisor, released his explosive book. 

While Trump has previously been relatively quiet on the humanitarian crisis occurring within China’s borders, Bolton’s new novel alleged that, behind closed doors, Trump approved of the reasons Chinese President Xi Jinping “was basically building concentration camps,” for the minority Uyghur population, saying he thought [building the camps] was exactly the right thing to do.”

Though there was no official ceremony held for the signing, Trump has now said that the bill “holds accountable perpetrators of human rights violations and abuses such as the systematic use of indoctrination camps, forced labor, and intrusive surveillance to eradicate the ethnic identity and religious beliefs of Uyghurs and other minorities and other minorities in China,” in a statement released after the bill was signed. 

The legislation also requires Trump to submit a report to Congress detailing any foreign official responsible for the crisis, increasing the already high tensions between the US and China.  

“We urge the US side to immediately correct its mistakes, and stop using the bill to damage China’s interests and interfere in China’s internal affairs otherwise China will resolutely take countermeasures,” said the Chinese foreign ministry in a statement. 

Although Trump has been publicly berating China since the coronavirus outbreak, Bolton also alleges that Trump personally reached out to Xi Jinping to ask for help in winning the 2020 election.

READ MORE:  U.S. House Passes Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act

Rep. Ilhan Omar’s Father Passes Away From Coronavirus

Inna illahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon

Minnesota Democratic congresswoman Ilhan Omar’s father passed away, she announced Monday night, due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) complications.  

“It is with tremendous sadness and pain that I share that my father, Nur Omar Mohamed, passed away today due to complications from COVID-19,” Omar said in a statement released by her office. 

Omar and her father came to the US in 1995, seeking refuge from Somalia’s civil war. She has since become one of the first Muslim women, and the first hijabi, to be elected into the House of Representatives.  

Omar’s campaign has included many stories of how she was mercilessly bullied as a child and she has previously recounted her father as being her constant support. 

“They are doing this to you because they feel threatened in some way by your existence,” she remembered her father telling her. 

Since COVID-19’s outbreak, Omar has battled legislation regarding rent and mortgage cancellation. In the last few days, COVID-19 cases have been declining in Minnesota. 

Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajiooun

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Here Is Everything Happening In Yemen Right Now

24 million in need of help. Millions displaced. 4 pandemics. Lack of food and medicine.

Yemen is the biggest humanitarian crisis our world currently faces, and its people are on the verge of extinction, with a staggering 24 million in need of urgent assistance

Over the past few days, the world has taken to social media to declare their outrage on the lack of coverage of Yemen’s state. 

What exactly is happening in Yemen?

Dire starvation, malnutrition, famine and constant fighting are just a few of the many predicaments the people of Yemen are facing. With their main ports being blocked off by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition a few years ago, the main source of food and medicine has been terminated. This has resulted in mass loss of lives due to severe starvation. 

Even before the war, 90% of the country’s food was imported. In Yemen, a child dies every ten minutes. To add to that, UNICEF estimates two million children under five suffer from acute malnutrition as of March 2020. The pictures you may have seen online of young children with merely skin and bones is a small representation of how quickly the situation has escalated. 

 

 

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Disease in Yemen

Aside from the world’s most recent coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic, Yemen has also been enduring a number of other diseases including malaria, dengue and one of the worst cholera epidemics. These have all been present in the country for the past half decade, and have resulted in hundreds of thousands of deaths. Due to the country’s more or less “nonexistent” healthcare system (as described by the UN) curing civilians is an anomaly. A population of nearly 30 million surviving on only 200 ventilators can give you a pretty good idea of how grim the situation has become. With many doctors and nurses having fled the country after not being paid for over two years, it’s no wonder that ICUs and hospitals are overflowing with crowds with not much help to be given. 

The poor living conditions of most Yemenis means huge families are squashed into small camps and sharing of water and bathroom facilities makes social distancing and precaution impossible. They can’t afford to wear protective masks and use sanitation against COVID-19. This has done nothing but increase the number of COVID-19 cases, which is only increasing. However, with coverage of the virus banned, it’s clear that the number of cases is much higher. 

How did the war start?

None of this is new. For the past five years since 2015 when war broke out, Yemen has become a bloody battlefield. To put it briefly, after uprisings from the public shortly after the Arab spring revolutions which swept the entire Middle East, the country turned into a war zone. After this their former president fled to Saudi Arabia, as chaos was unfolding, with the Houthi rebels seizing control of the capital. The Houthi rebels are a Shia group who oppose the Yemeni government, supposedly backed by Iran. The Saudi Arabian government subsequently saw this group as a threat to the country’s stability and thus formed a coalition backed by the Yemeni government. The coalition includes a number of Gulf States like Kuwait and the UAE. Also a big contributor to the coalition is the US, who have donated billions of dollars, and continue to do so. Other Western countries including the UK, France and Spain have contributed to the buying of weapons, which are used to kill innocents.

Ever since 2015, the coalition has been heavily bombing and sending airstrikes, in an attempt to destroy the Houthi rebels. Its estimated that hundreds of thousands of innocent Yemenis have died as a result of the ongoing fighting between the two groups

The ramifications of this political dispute have crippled the nation’s people, economy and healthcare system. Saudi Arabia is responsible for a number of unforgivable war crimes, and yet are still not held responsible. 

The UN recently took the coalition of their “UN rights blacklist” which essentially takes all blame off the coalition for their involvement with Yemen.

What can we do?

While the world has been embarrassingly slow to save the people of Yemen, the UN are working towards a peaceful solution, and have also issued a desperate plea for financial aid. But what can we do as individuals to help out our brothers and sisters?

There are a number of petitions you can sign which can help the people of Yemen practically, by potentially ending political disputes

Raise awareness: always stay informed about the situation and make sure to keep up to date with what is going on. Sharing videos and useful information on social media and with family will allow more people to find out about this hidden catastrophe, as mainstream media refuses to give it the attention it deserves

Donate money: if you need to give in charity, it’s now. A number of trusted charities are able to reach out and deliver humanitarian aid, which will no doubt help the people. Even if you’re just donating one dollar, or saving just one life, the people of Yemen need you now more than ever.

Click here for more resources on how to help Yemen.

Attack At Mosque In Kabul During Friday Prayer Leaves Four Dead, Including Prayer Leader

An attack on a Kabul mosque has left at least four people, including the mullah, dead.

Attack At Mosque In Kabul During Friday Prayer Leaves Four Dead, Including Prayer Leader

An attack on a Kabul mosque has left at least four people, including the mullah, dead.

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Ali M Latifi
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Kabul, Afghanistan  – An attack on a Kabul mosque has left at least four people, including the mullah, dead.

The bombing in the Shir Shah Shoori mosque took place amid the communal Friday prayer service. The explosion in West Kabul comes 10 days after a bombing in another well-known mosque in downtown Kabul and killed two people, including the mullah who was also the host of a popular religious Television program. In an online statement, the Taliban have condemned the latest mosque attack. The armed group claims that both of the attacks were orchestrated by “by a number of national security-linked individuals in collaboration with ISIS.”

“Such systematic killings have begun taking place as the Afghan people have started taking steps towards peace,” Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, said in the statement. Last week, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said his government is prepared to begin face-to-face peace talks with the Taliban within the next week.

The Taliban and Daesh have been at odds with one another since forces claiming allegiance to the so-called Islamic State first appeared in Afghanistan in 2014. 

Both incidents have incited anger and fear among Kabul residents, who continue to question how such high-profile houses of worship have been infiltrated by armed men. Because of its size and capacity, the Shir Shah Soori mosque — one of the few mosques in the city to have a proper women’s section — is often used for funeral prayer services, including those of high-profile officials and their families.

Residents say the relatively low casualty figures were due to the fact that fewer people were attending Friday services due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Afghanistan was one of the few Muslim-majority nations where mosques have remained open amid COVID-19 related shut downs of urban centers. 

The last month has seen several brutal attacks targeting civilians in Kabul and the Eastern province of Nangarhar. In recent weeks everywhere from a maternity clinic to a funeral procession and mosques have come under attack. Nearly all of those killings were attributed to the so-called Islamic State group.

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Afghans Angered As Refugees Were ‘Burnt To Death’ In Iran

The deaths of three Afghan refugees in a car blaze in Iran have prompted an outpouring of anger in Afghanistan, after reports that the vehicle caught fire after it was shot at by Iranian police.

Afghans Angered As Refugees Were ‘Burnt To Death’ In Iran

The deaths of three Afghan refugees in a car blaze in Iran have prompted an outpouring of anger in Afghanistan, after reports that the vehicle caught fire after it was shot at by Iranian police.

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Mohamed Alagteaa
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June 8, 2020  Outrage spewed online after a video went viral of a car set ablaze in Iran’s central Yazd province, with Afghan refugees on board.

Three of the refugees were killed and four injured, according to a statement made by Afghanistan’s foreign ministry on Friday, adding that the ministry “considers the incident to be very unfortunate and calls for a serious investigation.” The vehicle allegedly caught on fire after it was shot at by Iranian police. 

Local media reports said police in Yazd province confirmed that the car was targeted by security forces after it did not stop at a checkpoint.

Disturbing footage shows one of the survivors, a young boy who has suffered burns, walking and asking for water.  His words have been turned into the hashtag #کمی_آب_بیار_که_سوختم which translates to ‘Give me some water I’m burning.’

The incident garnered widespread attention on social media with users drawing comparisons to the murder of George Floyd at the hands of US police in Minneapolis. The hashtag  #AfghanLivesMatter was trending on Twitter, with people highlighting the mistreatment of Afghans in Iran.

The Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Tehran, Abdul Ghafoor Lewal, has subsequently met with survivors and Yazd province government officials, to discuss the tragic incident.

The incident comes at a time of strained diplomatic relations t between Kabul and Tehran, after Afghan officials accused Iranian border guards of torturing and drowning dozens of Afghan migrants, with more than 30 people thought to be dead.

Iran currently denies the allegations, with both countries agreeing to jointly investigate the matter at a later time.

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Muslim Hijab-Wearing Teen Punched Repeatedly While On Transit In Vancouver

17-year old Muslim teenager wearing a hijab was assaulted on a bus in downtown Vancouver, Canada

Muslim Hijab-Wearing Teen Punched Repeatedly While On Transit In Vancouver

17-year old Muslim teenager wearing a hijab was assaulted on a bus in downtown Vancouver, Canada

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Wali Ahmad
Police are trying to identify a woman who allegedly attacked a teenager wearing a headscarf on public transit on May 21, 2020. (Handout)

June 7, 2020A 17-year old Muslim teenager wearing a hijab was assaulted on a bus in downtown Vancouver, Canada on May 21. The transit police have launched an investigation and are requesting the public’s help in identifying the assailant after releasing images of the woman.

According to Metro Vancouver Transit Police’s news release, the victim and her mother were confronted by a female passenger regarding her ethnicity and her Canadian status. After having made a comment to the effect of “your smile is making me want to punch you in the face,” the passenger proceeded to punch the victim several times and partially knocked off her hijab. The two were later separated by the teen’s mother and another passenger. 

A good samaritan followed the assailant off the bus while calling 911. The assailant, after noticing that she was being followed, began assaulting the good samaritan before pulling out a knife. The good samaritan kept their distance and the assailant fled from the scene. 

The suspect is described as possibly an Indigenous woman, approximately 40 years old, 5’8 and weighing around 140lbs. At the time of the assault, she was wearing a black hat, dark sunglasses, dark top with the word “Pink” written on the back, blue jean shorts and black boots, and was carrying a silver reflective backpack.

 

“There is no place for hate, racism or biases on the transit system” said the Transit Police in its news release. “All passengers using our transit system have the right to travel without fear of harassment or assault. Metro Vancouver Transit Police would like to speak to anyone with information about the identity of this suspect or who witnessed this incident.”

Should you recognize the woman, we urge you to contact Metro Vancouver Transit Police’s tip line at 604-516-7419 or by text at 87-77-77 and refer to file 2020-9802.

The incident is hardly the first of its kind in the area. A similar incident occurred almost three years ago in Vancouver’s SkyTrain public transit system, where an 18-year old Noor Fadel was harassed by a man screaming insults, attempting sexual assault and threatened to “kill all Muslims.” When he tried to grab her head, a fellow passenger, 21-year old Jake Taylor, intervened. The assailant was arrested and charged with assault and threatening to cause death or bodily harm.

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