THUNDER BAY – Local police are investigating a racist Facebook page believed to be targeting minorities in this city.
In a news release issued Friday evening, Thunder Bay Police Service officials say they are in the preliminary stages of an investigation into racially charged comments that have been posted on two Facebook pages.
Police say the origin of these pages appear to be local, and target the Aboriginal community.
The pages are said to be extremely offensive and include posted photographs ridiculing Aboriginal people.
One post viewed by tbnewswatch.com staff, which we cannot verify as part of this investigation, mocks a missing persons report and questions why anyone would want the subject to be found. Despite having viewed the post, tbnewswatch.com will avoid promoting this page by providing a link.
Police say while it is too early to determine if the Facebook pages are criminal, ‘the necessity to condemn this kind of activity is clear.’
The police media release continues: “As a community, we cannot tolerate the use of social media to express extreme racism. It is disappointing to say the least that this type of behavior is originating in our city. We must take a collective stand against this.
“The Thunder Bay Police Service has been in contact with city officials and the concerns are clear.”
Acting Mayor Paul Pugh says, “Targeting a person or group’s identity is unacceptable in our city and does not reflect our values or the views of most people in Thunder Bay.
“Our police service will investigate hate motivated crimes. This includes web based forms of communication which targets a race, religion or life style.
“This is early in the investigation and more information should be available regarding our progress this Monday.”