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Hamilton police investigating potential assaults at Bernier event including ‘senior with a walker’ incident

Investigators say they will be “reviewing video and speaking to witnesses” to determine if any criminal charges should be laid after protesters gathered out front of a speaking engagement with Maxime Bernier at Mohawk College on Sunday.

Hamilton Police say they are collecting a number of videos connected to protests outside of an event involving People’s Party of Canada (PPC) Leader Maxime Bernier.

Investigators say they will be “reviewing video and speaking to witnesses” to determine if any criminal charges should be laid after actions out front of Mohawk College on Sunday.

Four arrests were made for breach of the peace and removed from the scene by officers, say police.

The four were later released unconditionally.

READ MORE: Protesters, supporters clash outside Maxime Bernier event in Hamilton

An incident of interest to Hamilton police is one where a senior with a walker was obstructed from entering the Bernier speaking event by counter-protesters.

Investigators say the incident was “out of view” from officers and once they became aware of it, officers intervened and escorted the woman and her companion into the venue.

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LISTEN: Hamilton Police Inspector Dave Hennick talks to Global News Radio about reviewing video and potential assault charges after a Maxime Bernier speaking event at Mohawk college on the weekend. 

 

Hamilton Police Service Inspector Dave Henning says detectives are in the process of viewing an “abundance” of new video released in the last 24 hours on social media.

“We have a social media team as part of our tech crime unit and they are in the process of collecting all that video evidence,” said Henning.

“We’re also speaking to witnesses and in the process of furthering that investigation to determine if any of really if any of that activity or conduct of the people who attended the protest rose to the level of criminality.”

Police estimate about 100 protesters showed up out front of the McIntyre Performing Arts Centre on Fennell Ave. West, however, no injuries were reported.

Hamilton Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed or recorded any similar actions during the event to reach out to investigators at (905) 546-8966.

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