Police say man has been charged in hate-motivated crime after protest at library


By Staff The Canadian Press

Posted March 3, 2023 12:42 pm

A Calgary Police Service badge is seen on a police officer in Calgary, Alta., Tuesday, April 14, 2020. Calgary police say a 36-year-old man is facing two charges in a hate-motivated crime. Jeff McIntosh

Calgary police say a 36-year-old man is facing two charges in a hate-motivated crime.

Police say protesters disrupted a Reading with Royalty event early last month at the Seton Library in the city’s southeast.

The family-friendly storytimes at public libraries are led by local drag queens or kings, and children are invited to dress in their best outfit, cape or crown.

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Calgary sees more protests against LGBTQ2+ community

Officers were called around 11 a.m. on Feb. 25 for reports that several people had aggressively entered a library classroom, shouting homophobic and transphobic slurs at the children and parents in attendance.

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Derek Scott Reimer has been arrested and charged with causing a disturbance and mischief.

Police say hate-motivated crimes are those where an offender was motivated by bias, prejudice or hate based on personal characteristics of the victim.

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