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Man in racist road rage video no longer employed at Hamilton Health Sciences

Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) says the man who used a racial slur in a viral road rage video a few weeks ago is no longer employed with the hospital network.

HHS won't say if the man was fired or resigned

A man looking through the window of a vehicle.
Social media video shows a man aggressively approaching the occupants of a vehicle, before accusing the driver of cutting him off. (Submitted by raygg_/Reddit)

Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) says the man who used a racial slur in a viral road rage video a few weeks ago is no longer employed with the hospital network.

HHS spokesperson Wendy Stewart confirmed to CBC Hamilton on Tuesday the man is no longer an employee.

She didn't say what his job title was, when his employment ended and if he was fired or resigned.

"HHS condemns racism and intimidation in every form," she said in an email.

The hospital network started investigating on July 12, two days after the video was posted online.

WATCH | Man hurls offensive insult at driver in Hamilton:

Video shows racist road rage incident in Hamilton

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The video shows an argument between two people that Hamilton police describes as a "hate incident."

The video appears to have been filmed near the corner of Ottawa Street North and Main Street East.

It seems to start in the middle of a heated altercation between two people, with one man staring into the driver-side window at a driver inside. 

In the video, the driver appears to tell the man standing outside his car window to "get the f--k in your car right now," to which the man accuses the driver of cutting him off.

As the man was heading back to his own car, he could be heard calling the driver a "n----r lover."

The driver yells back, asking the man to repeat what he said. "What did you say about my wife?" he asks.

The man walks back toward the driver and appears to smack the car with his hand.

No charges laid in 'hate incident:' police

Hamilton police previously told CBC while the altercation is a hate incident, nothing that took place was illegal.

The service said officers spoke with the man who made the racist remark.

Lyndon George, executive director of the Hamilton Anti-Racism Resource Centre, previously said the incident shows why there should be tougher federal legislation on racist language.

"This isn't freedom of speech; this is hate speech," he said.

"I understand the limitations [in the Criminal Code] ... but we need to hold individuals accountable."


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Bobby Hristova is a journalist with CBC Hamilton. He reports on all issues, but has a knack for stories that hold people accountable, stories that focus on social issues and investigative journalism. He previously worked for the National Post and CityNews in Toronto. You can contact him at bobby.hristova@cbc.ca.

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