RCMP investigation says Surrey mosque incident was not racially motivated

Mounties are working to resolve the issue involving BC Prosecution Service or a restorative justice approach.

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A Surrey RCMP investigation into an incident at a Surrey mosque concluded that the event was not a racially motivated hate crime.

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The RCMP received a report that someone in a moving vehicle splashed water and pretended to run over three Ramadan worshipers outside the mosque on April 27.

In a statement on Saturday, the RCMP said that all individuals, including the six victims/witnesses and two suspects, were cooperating with police.

“The investigation found that this was not a racially motivated hate crime. All occupants of the suspected vehicle were teenagers who are part of the Muslim community,” the statement said.

The Mounties are working to resolve the matter involving the BC Prosecution Service or other measures, such as a restorative justice approach.

Brian Edwards, Officer in Charge of the Surrey RCMP, said: “The RCMP recognizes that any incidents like this that are initially believed to be a hate crime are traumatizing for our community. However, once it was discovered that the nature of the incident was not motivated by hate, it was important for us to update the public.”

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Edwards said he spoke with Muhammad Asad Gondal, president of the BC Muslim Association, and had a “positive discussion about the outcome of this event, as well as our shared goal of ensuring the safety of all communities, including our Muslim residents.

“This event demonstrates the importance of reporting all these incidents to the police so they can be fully investigated,” Edwards said.

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