Police issue summons for Mississauga man caught on video ranting about masks
Peel Regional Police (PRP) has issued a summons for John McCash of Mississauga.
On July 5, 48-year-old McCash was shopping at a T&T Supermarket in the area of Parkway West and Grand Park Drive when he was asked by store employees to put on a face mask, which is currently the store policy.
McCash refused, and instead allegedly began shouting and making pejorative comments regarding the staff member’s ethnicity.
The incident was caught on video and widely shared across social media channels.
As a result, investigators from the 11 Division Criminal Investigation Bureau have issued a summons for McCash for the offence of Causing a Disturbance. Police are asking him to turn himself in to a police station in Peel.
“Hate crime incidents impact our community, creating a ripple effect. It can increase feelings of vulnerability, anxiety, and fear, not only on the individual who has directly been victimized but, as we have seen with this incident, on the broader community,” PRP Chief Nishan Duraiappah said in a news release.
“Reporting hate crime is essential to stopping these incidents; we are committed to pursuing these incidents,” he continued.
The investigation is still on-going, and anyone with relevant information is urged to contact the 11 Division Criminal Investigation Bureau at 905-453-2121 extension 1133.
Additionally, information may be provided anonymously to Peel Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-8477 or visiting their website.
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