Canadian Hate Crime Squad Charge Man Wear Confederate Flag Bandana With Uttering Threats At Calgary Debate ‘Against The Niqab’
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Calgary police have charged a 66-year-old man with uttering threats and wearing a disguise with intent after he allegedly disrupted a Calgary candidates debate while wearing a Confederate flag over his face in an apparent protest of the niqab.
Wayne Joseph Fillo was arrested Thursday night following the bizarre incident at an election forum in the riding of Calgary Rocky Ridge.
Calgary police spokesman Kevin Brookwell said a man showed up at the forum wearing “a handkerchief over his face that was the Confederate flag” and immediately caused a stir.
“When challenged as to why he was dressed like that, he indicated that he wanted to make a point,” Brookwell said.
Things then got “heated” and the man was escorted out of the building and the doors locked behind him.
Officers responding to a call for assistance found the man in a vehicle parked nearby, where he was taken into custody.
Police allege he threatened the custodian of the Tuscany Club, where the debate was taking place.
Hate crime consideration
“Given the nature of these allegations, our hate crime co-ordinator will be having a look at this file,” Brookwell said.
Jeff Clemens was attending the debate with his wife when their baby got fussy and she left. When he went to find her, he said he saw a man wearing a hat and a Confederate flag over his face who was “being hostile” toward the women at the front door.