Pretty early yet in the investigation I’m sure. I can’t imagine how the families must feel right now. The son, having lost his immediate family like that.
So labeling it a hate crime, before they have even run a basic tox screen for things like Meth, Cocaine, SRIs,.... won't jeopardize the investigation, but explaining why they applied the label will???"Steve Williams, chief of the London Police Service, sat down with CBC News on Wednesday to address questions about the investigation and safety concerns expressed by some members of London's Muslim community, which numbers 30,000.
1. How were police able to say this was a premeditated, hate-motivated attack only a day after it happened?
Williams couldn't spell out how they were able to make that call so quickly. While he understands the public's "thirst for knowledge," he said any public statements from police about evidence they've gathered could jeopardize the prosecution. What Williams did say is it didn't take long for police to come across information they believe supports what they said at Monday's news conference: This attack was motivated by hate and the family was targeted because of their Muslim faith.
"We had the information early on that supported the evidence that this was a hate-motivated incident, that it was intentional and that this family was targeted," he said. "We wanted to provide this information to the public. Now that the charges are laid, we have to be careful about what information we release. We know that the steps we take are going to be scrutinized, and we don't get any re-dos. We only have one shot to get this right. One thing we have to do is really keep our eye on the ball and play the long game.
"We know the public wants answers and one of the hardest things for me to do as chief of police is not being able to give those answers," he said. "We have to be protective of the information to ensure that the court process goes untainted by anything we do or say right now."
Williams said that as it stands, police do not have any information the accused was involved with any hate groups. Also, based on what police have gathered so far, he said, they believe he acted alone."
Four people who all happened to be Muslim were run down. I suspect that’s more than a coincidence and so do the police if they’re already calling it a hate crime or racially motivated. But yes, we could be wrong.I guess I’m one of the unwashed and my “woke” genes haven’t clicked in. To me people were run down and killed....someone was arrested and charged. The trial will bring out the who and the whys....and hopefully whatever amounts to justice today will be meted out....knowing that no amount of it can do justice to the crime......until this happens I’m of the ‘nuff said” state of mind.
Seems to me that 4 people who were a family and were walking together are almost certainly going to share a religion. That falls several miles short of establishing they were targeted at all, or were targeted because of their religion.Four people who all happened to be Muslim were run down. I suspect that’s more than a coincidence and so do the police if they’re already calling it a hate crime or racially motivated. But yes, we could be wrong.
I think this thread is becoming almost pointless now. Until we hear more info this is devolving into ridiculousness.Four people who all happened to be Muslim were run down. I suspect that’s more than a coincidence and so do the police if they’re already calling it a hate crime or racially motivated. But yes, we could be wrong.
As am I.I’m addressing the assertion that the terrorism charges are are based on a criminal code definition as being an ‘open interpretation’.
I don’t see it, but I’m willing to hear evidence to back this up!