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Alleged racist comments investigated near park in Richmond, B.C.

Richmond RCMP say a man has apologized for racial comments made during in Richmond last week, and the victim has accepted the apology. charliebrowngoldenretriever/Instagram

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Richmond RCMP say they are investigating an altercation in Steveston, B.C., in which racist slurs were used.

RCMP responded to a disturbance near Garry Point Park on Friday but one of the parties involved had left the scene by the time officers arrived.

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Details of an alleged racist altercation near the park were recently posted to social media.

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According to the post, a woman and her mother were walking in the area of Moncton Street and 6th Avenue when two men inside a parked car near yelled “stupid ch–s!” and told them to “go back to China.”

The woman yelled back at the men, who then tried to “run us over with their car,” the post alleges.

RCMP say they have contacted everyone involved and an investigation continues.

“Richmond RCMP takes all allegations of hate-related crimes seriously,” Const. Kenneth Lau said in a statement.

“Racism will not be tolerated in any form and will be investigated to the fullest extent.”

Police in Metro Vancouver have noted a rise hate-motivated incidents, many targeting people of Asian descent, amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Earlier this month, Vancouver police said they had dealt with 20 reports of anti-Asian hate crimes so far this year, compared to 12 in all of 2019.

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