The Hamilton Police hate crime unit is now investigating an incident in the downtown from July 24.
Just after midnight, a couple was walking along John Street near McLaren Park and heard an intoxicated man and two friends yell slurs at some black children playing on a balcony.
When the couple tried to intervene they were assaulted.
A Hamilton officer recently called to check up on the assault part of the investigation to confirm the couple didn’t want to press charges.
The couple was told the case had been handed over to the hate crime unit.
The woman involved told the Spectator, she hopes the hate crime unit’s involvement in this case will encourage others to report hate crimes they witness or experience.