‘Hate crimes not tolerated in Coquitlam,’ says Coquitlam RCMP after racist letter sent

Coquitlam RCMP is investigating a threatening letter sent to a South Asian couple hours after it was posted in a link to a Vancouver Reddit group.

Coquitlam RCMP are investigating a threatening letter sent to an South Asian couple hours after it was posted in a link to a Vancouver Reddit group. 

The anonymous letter was allegedly sent to the Coquitlam residents from a Richmond/YVR postal code, according to the post from the couple’s child. 

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It continues with a string of racial epithets before ending with, “TRUMP WILL SEND HIS GOONS TO DEVOUR YOU AND FEED TO PETS OF CANADA [sic.].”

Coquitlam RCMP did not answer multiple calls from The Tri-City News throughout the day and in a press release — emailed at around 4 p.m. — offered few details regarding the investigation.

“We take these crimes very seriously and are actively pursuing avenues of investigation,” Const. Jenifer Barker said in the release, adding Coquitlam RCMP has not received reports of any other incidents. 

Coquitlam RCMP is asking anyone with any information about the letter to call its non-emergency number, 604-945-1550.

Last month, Statistics Canada released data showing Metro Vancouver had the highest rate of hate crimes reported to police in 2018 of Canada’s three largest metropolitan areas. A hate crime was reported to police at a rate of 7.1 times per 100,000 people in Metro Vancouver last year, moving the region from third place in 2017 to surpass the metro regions of Montreal (6.5) and Toronto (6.4).

— With files from the Vancouver Courier

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