Assault charge dropped after Muslim admits “exaggerating” Hate Crime story

Durham Regional Police have dropped an assault charge against a man accused of a Whitby hate crime earlier this month, after the victim ­— who claimed he was punched after the man made several anti-Muslim remarks — admitted “exaggerating the incident.”

The 22-year-old who brought the complaint forward to police was cautioned for mischief and obstructing police, investigators said in a press release Friday.