An indigenous woman in Calgary, Canada who yelled “I hate white people” before punching a white woman in the face and knocking her tooth out did not commit a racially motivate hate crime, a provincial court judge has ruled.
The judge disagreed with the prosecutor’s argument that the
unprovoked assault, which occurred in November 2015, rose to the level
of a hate crime.
Van Harten said there wasn’t enough evidence to establish the claim
that Crowchief attacked White because of her skin color, despite the
fact that the perpetrator, who had never met the victims before the
attack, yelled “I hate white people” before throwing a punch.
“There is no evidence either way about what the offender meant or
whether … she holds or promotes an ideology which would explain why this
assault was aimed at this victim,” the judge said. “I am not satisfied
beyond a reasonable doubt that this offence was, even in part, motivated
by racial bias.”
During her arrest following the attack, which occurred outside an
Irish pub, Crowchief reportedly told police “the white man was out to