Teenager suspected in racist graffiti at B.C. mall
An 18-year-old has been arrested in connection with racial slurs found scrawled in the parkade of a shopping mall in Richmond, B.C.
RCMP identified the young man from surveillance footage taken in a stairwell at the Empire Centre on July 22. The walls there are scrawled with racially tinged graffiti and misogynist messages.
The video shows a young man in sunglasses bashing the security camera with a crowbar.
"The graffiti consisted of derogatory comments against people of Chinese origin –- however, the graffiti was aimed directly at the police as well," Cpl. Sherrdean Turley told reporters.
Police say the suspect returned to the shopping mall on Wednesday, where he was identified by bike patrol officers and arrested. He faces a mischief charge, but Mounties are also looking into whether this could be classified as a hate crime.
The suspect is set to appear in court in August.
The NDP public safety critic Mike Farnworth got a first-hand look at the graffiti.
"There's no room for this type of racism in B.C. today," he said.
"When you see that, you realize there are still idiots out there who somehow think that's OK to do."
With a report from CTV British Columbia's Bal Brach