Waterloo regional police say a woman has been arrested in connection with a hate-motivated incident at a DriveTest Centre in Kitchener, Ont., on May 10 2023.
According to Mifrah Abid this woman was agitated. An agitated person is considered to be experiencing a mental health crisis. Depending on a person’s baseline of mental health their ability to cope with crises varies. So, could this be a case of an agitated person committing an assault? It could be. For some reason some media is using not using the perfunctory “alleged” but are with seeming certainty labeling this a HATE crime.
Mainstream media headlines Waterloo Assault
CBC: Waterloo woman charged as police investigate alleged hate-motivated altercation at Kitchener DriveTest centre (LINK)
Global News: Waterloo woman arrested after hate-motivated incident at Kitchener DriveTest Centre (LINK)
CP24: Victim of ‘hate-motivated’ incident in Kitchener speaks out, calls for more action to combat hate (LINK)
Mainstream Media Headlines Danforth Shooting
Within 48 hours mainstream media was portraying the Danforth shooter as a sympathetic person that suffered a mental health breakdown. The Muslim community acknowledges that Mohammed Hashim has helped families cope with Islamophobia when they face negative media attention. (LINK)
Global News: The suspected Danforth mass shooting gunman was known to police for mental health reasons. (LINK)
CBC: Why there are no simple explanations for acts of mass violence. (LINK)
In the wake of Danforth shooting, Peter Sloly calls for holistic thinking
Toronto Star: Suspected Danforth shooter’s family cites psychosis, ‘severe mental health challenges,’ (LINK)
The man who unleashed bullets on a busy Danforth stretch Sunday night was suffering from “severe mental health challenges” and struggling with psychosis and depression, his devastated family said Monday.
I was at the Danforth vigil every day. There was no condemnation of the Man that shot thirteen and killed two. Many that I engaged were sympathetic to both the shooter and the shooters family. Many expressed concerned that the family or the Muslim community could face a backlash.