Peel Police Services Board “Hate Crime/Graffiti” Report (March 26, 2010) –and how it matches MISSISSAUGAWATCH graffiti (preliminary) findings
March 27th, 2010
UPDATE: Saturday, March 27, 2010
Just want to provide a quick update on the “Peel Regional Police – 2009 Annual Hate/Bias Motivated Crime Report -Memo dated March 11, 2010 that was presented at yesterday’s Peel Police Services Board meeting. First, I need to make this quick because I’d rather work up the actual video of the Hate/Crime Bias presentation. That’s what the next Blog entry will be about.
Just quickly, the observations and comments I made in the two videos I’d posted onto YouTube prior to the Police Services Board meeting turned out to be accurate.
Just last week, I got Freedom of Information results back from Peel Police. I’d requested any data on graffiti incidents for July and August 2009. As I said in my March 25th videos, viewing the Peel Police graffiti samples came as a surprise —that while I did recognize some tags, there was surprisingly little overlap in the graffiti that Peel Police had documented those two months and the kind that I’ve been researching!
I’ve said this before and will repeat it here. What I love about a Peel Police report is the rich DATA. It is PERCENTAGES, GRAPHS, TRENDS. It is ANALYSIS. Bottomline it’s SCIENCE. “SCIENCE.” meaning, that I can replicate Peel Police findings. I should be able to confirm the accuracy/validity of their percentages, graphs and analysis just by walking in their footsteps. This I will do to fill in the gap in my own research —the gap of July/August 2009. So on Monday I will file Freedom of Information on Peel Police’s 2009 Hate/Bias graffiti-material.
Just want to say that several things stuck out in the 2009 Annual Hate/Bias Motivated Crime Report. I’ll simply list them because as I said, I’m poised to do a more detailed Blog this weekend.
- The graph of the Hate Crime monthly breakdown made me grin. For one thing it was counter-intuitive, another, ironic. Now you’d think that July and August when kids are out of school would be graffiti’s most active months (I sure did!). No, quite the opposite. At least for 2009, those two months saw the LEAST Hate/Bias crimes! If that is also true longitudinally, there’s a message there for researchers! (Are people happier, less stressed, less hateful in the sunny summer months?)
- The Peel Police Hate Crime monthly breakdown graph shows March, April and May registering the greatest Hate/Crime incidents.
- Here’s something else intriguing. Peel Police reports that of the 95 incidences of hate/crime occurrences for 2009, just five (5) led to charges. Of those five charged (get this) just one individual sent his “derogatory statements” through graffiti! (Now I don’t know how many people were actually caught/charged with general graffiti…)
Something else. Man, it’s a good thing that portions of the report and the graffiti that Peel Police provided through Freedom of Information didn’t jive with what I was seeing. I went back to the July/August incident reports and realized that I’d only received City of Mississauga graffiti and none from Brampton. Of course I know why. I didn’t ask! While the Peel Police report mentions that the 95 Hate/Bias incidents were fairly evenly distributed throughout Peel, I find City of Brampton graffiti “different” from that of City of Mississauga and I’m wondering if Peel Police notice that too. And what it means!
Let me show you Hate/Bias graffiti that I photographed again yesterday right after the Peel Police Services Board meeting. City of Brampton —swastikas, as well as “gay” references at this site.
First photographed December 9, 2009 (above) —and after the Peel Police Services Board meeting (below). Given how many other Hate/Bias graffiti that I’ve photographed/videotaped back in April/May 2009 that were still up there in the Fall 2009, Hate/Bias graffiti is tolerated by Peel residents! After all, the majority goes unreported. I mean what else can you conclude?
It was a beautiful day and after confirming the continued existence of graffiti at our Brampton study sites, we headed for Toronto and photographed “JESUS LOVES YOU” graffiti.
Clearly a message of Love.
Or is it?….
Regarding the two graffiti video reports that I posted to YouTube prior to the Peel Police Services Board meeting (below). I know I’d said that I would provide transcripts of both so that we-all can see how closely my preliminary findings matched Peel Police. Sorry. I don’t have that luxury of time. At least not for the next while.
Today I MUST file another video report. Likely two-three hours long, believe it or not. A kind of mega-debriefing session of sorts. And rather than being a “talking-head”, I’m driving around Brampton and Mississauga, the audio is me talking (testifying, actually) while the video portion will document the “habitat” of the “creatures” that I’m studying.
WHAT FOLLOWS IS A REPEAT OF YESTERDAY’S BLOG FYI
Needed to post this prior to tomorrow’s Peel Police Services Board meeting and their Hate Crime/Graffiti Report.
WARNING! DO NOT VIEW THESE VIDEOS IF YOU ARE OFFENDED BY THE F-WORD AND EVEN WORSE WORDS!
Video: MISSISSAUGA BRAMPTON PEEL GRAFFITI RESEARCH (preliminary) REPORT (MISSISSAUGAWATCH) 10:09 min
uploaded March 25, 2010
Video: MISSISSAUGA BRAMPTON PEEL GRAFFITI RESEARCH (preliminary) REPORT PART 2 (MISSISSAUGAWATCH) 10:32 min
NOTE: I caught a break. YouTube records Part 2 uploaded on March 25, 2010 even though it’s 1:24 am March 26, 2010 Mississauga time.
Also offering Flickr graffiti pics at: