An investigation has been launched into allegations of anti-Muslim rhetoric against a Hamilton cop.
Julian Mallah was stopped for speeding on Highway 6 last November and was charged with possessing marijuana, which was later dropped.
Mallah claims Constable Brad Lawrie found his Lebanese ID card and questioned him on his ethnicity and why he had a card “with Arabic script.”
Mullah, a criminology graduate from Carleton University, told the CBC that he went home after the incident and did an online search of the Constable’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Screen grabs of Lawrie’s online activity provided to Ontario’s police regulator show a page like for Boycott Halal and retweets of anti-Muslim messages.
In his complaint to the Office of the Independent Police Review Director, Mallah says he’s “deeply disturbed that while depicting himself in uniform, the constable was publicly expressing harsh contempt for the entire Canadian Muslim population, with extreme prejudice.”
Lawrie’s social media accounts have since been deleted.
The Hamilton Police Association has told Lawrie not to speak about the incident while it is being reviewed and call the allegations “unfair and inaccurate.”