Police investigate possible hate crime in downtown Calgary

CALGARY- A hate crime coordinator has been called in to investigate a weekend assault, that may have been motivated by the victim’s sexual orientation.

Greg Johansen said he was walking home from a nightclub along 11 Ave. S.W. early on Sunday morning, when he was attacked by a stranger after mentioning he was gay.

The attack left Johansen bleeding, with two black eyes. He believes his attacker should face serious charges, if caught.

“This is a hate crime,” he said. “It wasn’t just like he came up and assaulted me. He assaulted me after I told him I’m gay.”

Johansen was interviewed by a detective on Wednesday afternoon.

“We’ve engaged our hate crime coordinator, and our hate crimes coordinator offers investigative support to the initial investigative unit,” explains Sgt. Bill Dodd, from the Calgary Police Service.

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So far, no arrests have been made.

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