And on the heels of the reported arrest of Craig Cobb, the arrest of the 17 year old in Quebec, and Terry Tremaine's current troubles, we have another arrest on hate charges.
Quebecer arrested for spreading hate
Last Updated: Thursday, June 17, 2010 4:41 PM ET
Quebec provincial police have arrested a second person this week for allegedly spreading hate on the Internet.
A 28-year-old man faces charges of broadcasting hate propaganda, through Youtube.
Police allege the man used the popular video-sharing site, as well as networking sites Twitter and Facebook, to spread hateful commentary on different ethnic groups and visible minorities.
Provincial police Sgt. Claude Ross says a citizen's complaint in January spurred the investigation.
Police seized a computer at the suspect's home, as well as Nazi flags and shirts as well as propaganda material.
Ross says the two arrests for similar crimes in a matter of days is merely coincidental.
A 17-year-old was arrested earlier this week in the northeastern Quebec town of Sept-Îles, for using his Facebook page to allegedly spread hate.
To be fair we don't yet know why Cobb was arrested -- it may have had nothing to do with what he posts online -- but we do find it interesting that these arrests are all occuring so soon after the Stats Canada release of hate crime statistics showing a marked increase over the previous year. Sure, it could be a coincidence, but perhaps this represents a more concerted effort to deal with hate crimes.
Perhaps the police are taking hate crimes more seriously now?