One of the individuals involved in a racially charged Steveston coffee shop incident has been charged with mischief by Richmond RCMP.
However, the individual was not charged with a hate crime — much to the frustration of anti-racism organization Stop Asian Hate Crimes Advocacy Group (SAHCG), which launched an online petition demanding police lay such charges.
SAHCG’s Ivan Pak, who launched the petition, said he felt relieved charges have been laid, but takes issue with the RCMP’s definition of a hate crime.
On March 29, Richmond RCMP officers were called to Rocanini coffee shop after the store manager reported an assault and racial slurs.
The victim, a worker at the shop, asked two customers to social distance since they were sitting too close to the washroom.
However, the couple apparently refused to move. When the victim asked again, one customer, according to the staff member, yelled racial slurs at her and poured their coffee on the floor. …