Hate crimes increasing in Mississauga and Brampton: Christians and Blacks identified as most targeted groups

Christians and Blacks are the most targeted groups for hate crimes in Mississauga and Brampton, according to a Peel Regional Police report that points to an increase in such incidents.

The 2015 Annual Hate/Bias Motivated Crime Report presented at last month’s Police Services Board meeting shows an overall increase in reported hate crimes, from 52 in 2014 to 63 last year.

Religion was the most common motivation for hate crimes, according to the report, authored by Const. Karen McNeilly of the force’s Diversity Relations Unit.

“The Christian Faith” was the most targeted religious group, according to the report, as they were victimized in 14 of all reported hate crimes.

  • Frances

    But we would never speak of “Christianophobia”, would we.

  • BillyHW

    There’s nothing brown people hate more than black people.

  • bargogx1

    Christians the most targeted?! Oh no, that just does not fit the narrative!

    And of course, some of the comments indicate rage at the narrative being disrupted.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    “A black face begins a black day.” – Arab proverb.

  • canminuteman

    You know diversity is our strength when the police have a “diversity relations unit”.!

  • kkruger71

    52 one year, 63 the next.
    For context, Mississauga and Brampton have a combined population of over 1.2 million people. I don’t care what these stats are saying, with such a minuscule number all that can be determined is that devoting resources to a specific task force or division is a waste of time.

    • But it’s so 2016!

      • African

        i am both a christian and black and i would like to visit these places with my huge crosses soon! Pray for me!

  • marty_p

    So why would Mississauga and Brampton be a hotbed of anti-Christian inspired crimes?
    DOH – take a look at the demographics you idiots – which non Christian religion is highly concentrated in urban Peel Region…. whoops better shut that investigation down.

  • Ron MacDonald

    50 Years ago Lebanon’s 78% Christian Majority Welcomed Palestinian Muslim Refugees and Multiculturalism, now they are a Decimated 34% Persecuted Christian Minority in their own Country

  • Jaedo Drax

    It would be interesting to find out how many officers work for the Diversity Relations Unit now, back in 2008 when Inspector Cryderman launched the Gay Hotline there were only 4 officers, has that number increased to keep up with demand for Hate Crime investigations?

  • Waffle

    Yesterday afternoon at the Bathurst/Bloor subway, there was a developing “situation” between 2 muslimas (in full hijabs) and a black woman. Sorry I didn’t stick around to see what developed. Didn’t want to get caught in any kind of cross-fire.