FHRITP-linked men at BMO Field won't be charged, say police

Toronto police won't charge the men who directed obscenities at a female journalist as she was working on a live segment from a soccer game at BMO Field.

Toronto police met with CityNews reporter who confronted hecklers and decided charges not appropriate

CityNews reporter Shauna Hunt faced sexually explicit taunts from hecklers at the Toronto FC match. Police now say the men in the case won't be charged. (CityNews)

Toronto police won't charge a group of men who engaged in an obscene conversation with a female journalist as she was working on a live segment from a soccer game last Sunday.

In an email, police said they had met with Shauna Hunt, the CityNews reporter who confronted the hecklers who were planning to yell "f--k her right in the p----y" at her and then defended their intentions, and decided that charges were not appropriate.

There are no ongoing investigations into the incident, added police spokeswoman Meaghan Gray.

Hunt says she didn't file a criminal complaint and that it was never her intention to do so.

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One of the men involved in the incident was fired by Hydro One for violating its code of conduct after Hunt's on-air confrontation with the hecklers set off a firestorm on the issue.

Calgary police, meanwhile, have charged a man with hurling the same vulgarity at a female journalist.

The man, whose name has not been released, faces a charge of stunting under the Traffic Safety Act and could face a fine of more than $400.

CBC reporter Meghan Grant says that after a Calgary Flames playoff game recently, she was interviewing fans about the trend of shouting the sexually explicit phrase at female reporters.

She says that's when somebody pulled up in a truck and yelled it at her. She and her colleagues got the licence plate number and reported the incident to police.


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