Police are looking for a woman who attacked a protestor near the Cloverdale Rodeo grounds, as she uttered racial slurs, spat on her and allegedly pushed her down and kicked her.
A woman who had been protesting the treatment of animals at the annual Surrey rodeo and fair on the weekend was confronted by another woman who apparently didn’t agree with her views.
It then became apparent the woman also didn’t like the colour of the protester’s skin, or her perceived country of origin.
The protester filmed the attack, and posted it to YouTube.
“I was protesting the cloverdale rodeo may 18/13 and this lady did not like my sign,” she wrote below her video. “She called me racist names, spat on my face, then grabbed me by my hair punched me and kicked me.”
Police are deeply concerned about what they see in the YouTube video.
“Concerning, not only the allegations of assault that took place after the video ends, but also the racial slurs this person was subjected to was just unacceptable,” said Surrey RCMP Cpl. Bert Paquet.
He couldn’t say whether the incident would meet the threshold of a hate crime.
“It’s definitely a contributing factor to the assault,” Paquet said. “It is something we are looking at in our investigation.”
Paquet said otherwise it was fairly quiet at the rodeo, which saw only four arrests – one for assault, two for public intoxication and one for being out past a curfew.
Police are asking anyone who can identify the woman in the video to call them at 604-599-0502 or to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
*Viewer warning, this video contains swearing and racial epithets:
The protestor has also uploaded several videos to YouTube under the name shukielara1, where she also filmed a confrontation in Mud Bay park last July.
In the video’s original description, she said she was walking her dogs and was confronted by a couple because she didn’t have her dogs on their leash.
(*The video below has since been removed from her account.)