A charge of wilful promotion of hatred has been laid against an Edmonton man, 67-year-old Barry Winters.
Edmonton police said Winters was arrested in connection with the operation of multiple hate-based websites, dating back to 2012. Police said the Hate Crimes Unit began investigating in June 2016, following multiple complaints related to allegedly hateful content published across several sites. He was arrested on June 1, 2017.
“Some of these messages including wishing harm on the individuals and promoting, in some cases, wishing death upon them and promoting that they be killed.”
The websites included daily posts that used strong, hate-based rhetoric that targeted various communities, according to Edmonton police. Some posts allegedly alluded to violent threats and harm against specific individuals.
“A lot of people have been hiding under the anonymity that they can make comments and not be held accountable for it, but we will hold you accountable,” Willits said.
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