Saskatoon

Saskatoon woman charged with assault after hate crime unit investigation

A 32-year-old woman is accused of chasing a younger woman while using racial slurs.

Police say 32-year-old chased younger woman while using racial slurs

This file photo shows a Saskatoon Police Service vehicle on Aug. 15, 2021. (Alexander Quon/CBC)

A 32-year-old Saskatoon woman has been charged with what police say was a hate or bias motivated assault after an investigation by the Saskatoon Police Service's (SPS's) hate crime unit. 

On May 2, a 23-year-old woman reported being confronted by an unknown other woman while at a library in the 200 block Avenue K South, police said.

The 32-year-old allegedly chased the younger woman while using racial slurs before herself fleeing the scene. The Saskatoon woman is now facing one count of assault. 

SPS has created a specific web page on the topic of hate crimes and added to its online reporting function

The hate crime unit was created in January 2022. Police said section 718 of the Criminal Code of Canada allows for increased sentences to be considered where there is evidence that a crime was motivated by hate.

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