Canada’s viral “hate crime” against Muslim school girl never happened – Police

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    Quelle surprise.

    On January 12, an 11-year-old Canadian Muslim girl reported that a man tried to cut off her hijab with scissors as she walked to school with her brother. The story swept the nation with widespread attention on traditional and social media.

    It even prompted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to tweet an official statement:

    The mayor of Toronto, John Tory, also commented about the incident on Twitter:
     On Monday, however, Toronto police released the following statement:
    On Friday, January 12, 2018, the Toronto Police Service requested assistance identifying a man involved in an Assault with a Weapon investigation.
    After a detailed investigation, police have determined that the events described in the original news release did not happen. The investigation is concluded.
    The police confirmed to CBC News that the girl who reported the false allegation will not face any legal ramifications. Toronto Police Service spokesperson Mark Pugash said:
    We had, as everyone knows, allegations of an extremely serious crime on Friday which we investigated — we had a team of investigators who put together a significant amount of evidence and they came to the conclusion that the events that were alleged did not happen.
    We have spoken with (the girl), we have spoken to all the people the public would expect us to speak to in the course of a thorough investigation, and when we put all of that together — we looked at it very closely — and that was the conclusion that we came to.

    In retaliation to the rush by mainstream media and politicians to report this story as confirmation of rampant Islamophobia before the facts could be established, prominent Twitter users, such as Imam Tawhidi, have taken to mocking and condemning the report:

    Whilst the Mayor of Toronto has issued a redaction, there has been no word from Trudeau as of yet, nor from the 11-year-old’s mother, who spoke out at a press conference.

    Some media outlets have taken to saying that, whilst it’s positive that this story isn’t true, people would be ‘fools’ to believe extreme anti-Muslim hatred doesn’t exist in Canada. The Star claims that a false report, “undermines the fight against Islamophobia[…]An incident like this gives people the ammunition to leverage the rare false report and use it to invalidate larger issues of anti-Muslim hate.”

    The Globe and Mail stated,

    There were those who immediately didn’t believe the young girl’s story. They were easily dismissed as the same old trolls who write mean things about Muslims, promoting conspiracy theories about our communities, saying the vilest things whenever a story about us pops up in their news feeds. It’s unfortunate this news will only embolden them to diminish and marginalize our communities even further.

    Someone tell these guys to stop crying over non-existent milk.