Hamilton Police Charge Male with Promoting Hate

Detective Fabiano Mendes

Hamilton Police have laid a willful promotion of hatred charge against a Hamilton man.

After the senseless killing of a Muslim family in London, Ontario, a 26-year-old Hamilton man intentionally targeted and promoted hatred against members of the Muslim community through social media. Hamilton Police were notified about the social media posts made by the accused and an investigation was initiated.

On August 17, 2021, Hamilton Police arrested 26-year-old Matthew Field for Wilful Promotion of Hatred.

The charge of Wilful Promotion of Hatred requires prior consent from the Attorney General to be laid. After investigating the incident, the Hamilton Police Hate Crime Unit applied to lay the charge and consent was granted by the Deputy Attorney General of Ontario

Field will appear in court on Wednesday, August 18, 2021.

Hate crime in Hamilton is not acceptable. Left unchecked, hate crime can have a far reaching impact on communities. Hate crimes can be reported online at www.hamiltonpolice.on.ca. Reporting hate/bias incidents can also be reported on the phone at 905-546-4925 or in person at any Hamilton Police station.

If you have any information that can help with this investigation, please contact Hamilton Police Hate Crime Detective, Fabiano Mendes at (905) 546-5678.

To provide information anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit your anonymous tips online at [ http://www.crimestoppershamilton.com ]http://www.crimestoppershamilton.com.