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Harassment charges laid in offensive flyers case

The Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS) has laid harassment charges in the case of offensive flyers found in Ajax, according to John Henry, Regional Chair and Chief Executive Officer.

Three persons have been charged in the case (see below).

“On behalf of Durham Region and its residents, I am angered by the distribution of disturbing flyers that were found in multiple schools and neighbourhoods in Ajax,” he said in a statement issued yesterday.

He said the DRPS has laid harassment charges related to this matter stating the flyers were created as an act of revenge and included phone numbers of two unknowing female students, hoping to incite a negative response from the community.

These posters contained offensive and hateful messages towards Black residents.

“In Durham Region, we have zero tolerance for this type of behaviour; harassment, racism and hate have no place in our communities,” said Henry.

“We strive to create welcoming, equitable and inclusive communities to ensure all residents feel safe and supported; building a better tomorrow for those who call Durham Region home,” he said. “I offer my deepest sympathies to all individuals who have been impacted by the malicious messaging and illustrations found on these flyers.”

He said “we take an unequivocal stand against all forms of racism, wherever it occurs.”

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