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Vandalism was mischief, not hate crime: police

Misogynistic messages defacing a Toronto memorial commemorating the 1989 massacre at Ecole Polytechnique is an act of mischief and not a hate crime, police say.

On Dec. 3, four men damaged a plaque in the lobby of the Scarborough Centre for Alternative Studies near Midland Ave. and Danforth Rd. marking the 30th anniversary of the murder of 14 women at the hands of mass murderer Marc Lepine.

Police say the words on the plaque were written in English and Arabic.

The English words included “b—-” and “f–.”

Sources told the Sun the words in Arabic said “slut” and whore.”

Police say the Hate Crimes Unit looked into the case but the four suspects arrested were charged with Mischief – Under $5,000.

Police say the incident “didn’t meet the threshold of a hate crime”.

Ahmed Sido, 20, Muhammed Nanaa, 19, Abduallah Al-Mosuli and Adnan Al Noumayri have all been charged with mischief.

They are scheduled to appear in court at 1911 Eglinton Ave., E. on Jan.4, at 2 p.m. in courtroom 407.

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