NDP Black Caucus statement on arrest and charges in the Michael Garron Hospital noose case

The Official Opposition Ontario NDP Black Caucus released the following statement in response to Toronto police arresting and charging a man in relation to two nooses found at a construction site at Michael Garron Hospital:

“It is incredibly important that hateful acts like this and the grave, violent threat they present be taken seriously. This crime was hate-motivated and hate crime charges should absolutely be laid in this case.

This goes far beyond mischief and harassment. Nooses have a clear, painful, meaning and context to Black communities. They represent the very real threat of lynching – of murder and white supremacist terror. This is what the perpetrator of these crimes intended to invoke and evoke.

Toronto police have noted that this arrest is part of a ‘hate-motivated mischief and criminal harassment’ investigation that includes multiple similar incidents at other Toronto construction sites. This context is important. This cowardly act was not an isolated event – there were seven nooses found on GTA construction sites over just a few months in 2020.


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