2 charged in Richmond cafe incident allegedly involving racial slurs – .

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2 charged in Richmond cafe incident allegedly involving racial slurs – .


VANCOUVER – Two suspects have been charged in connection with a gruesome incident at a coffee shop in Richmond, British Columbia earlier this year that allegedly involved racial slurs.

RCMP said officers were called to Rocanini Coffee Roasters in the Steveston neighborhood after the manager reported an alleged assault on March 29.

Staff said two customers walked in, ignored COVID-19 protocols and then became restless after being asked to move tables. Surveillance video captured drinks poured on the floor and an object thrown as a couple left the cafe.

Authorities were also told that racist slurs were used during the incident.

“Hatred has no place in our community,” said Insp. Richmond RCMP’s Michael Cohee said in a statement Thursday. “We are committed to investigating every incident as much as possible and prosecuting charges when a potential offense has been committed. “

Astrid Maria Secreve and Michel Jean-Jacque Berthaume are each charged with one count of mischief, authorities said.

They are scheduled to appear in Richmond Provincial Court on June 23.

Richmond RCMP initially recommended a mischief charge against a suspect in early May, which sparked an outcry from advocacy group Stop Anti-Asian Hate Crimes.

The group has launched an online petition calling for additional charges of hate speech and assault in connection with the incident. As of Thursday afternoon, the petition had been signed more than 6,300 times.

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