Now the same Historic Afro-Canadian Church – the Salem Chapel British Episcopal Church in St. Catharines – has been Assaulted Again
A Brief Update and Commentary by Doug Draper
Posted October 15th, 2021 on Niagara At Large
If you have been following the disturbing story about a bust of the Underground Railroad icon Harriet Tubman virtually destroyed this past Thanksgiving weekend at the historic Salem Chapel British Episcopal Church in St. Catharines, a suspect in that act has been arrested and charged.
Niagara At Large will post the Niagara Regional Police news release on the arrest below.
What is just as disturbing, there are reports that “two girls” were caught on video later this week going on the same church property and ripping away at a cherished berry tree near the spot where the Harriet Tubman bust was pulled of a pedestal.
Does all of this just add up to mischief, as police appear to say, or does it amount to something more like an act of intolerance and hate toward this church and its beautiful congregation?
Let’s hope the cops also track down the girls who assaulted this historic sanctuary again.
And to the cops, please don’t be so quick to simply write this off as “mischief”. That sounds like something you might charge someone with if they are caught going around chalking windows on Halloween night.
In my view, all of these bad actors should have the book slammed at them to the fullest extent of the law.
Here is the news release from the Niagara Regional Police on the arrest of one3 suspect – Detectives Investigating Mischief at Church in St. Catharines – Arrested
Posted on Thursday, October 14, 2021 11:37 AM
Update 1 – October 14, 2021
On October 13, 2021, Jessie Lohnes – Alanko was arrested and charged with the following offences of:
- Mischief over $5,000 contrary to section 430(3) of the Criminal Code
- Fail to Comply with Probation Order contrary to section 733.1(1) of the Criminal Code
Lohnes – Alanko was released on a Form 10 – Undertaking with a future court date.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Niagara Regional Police Service at 905-688-4111, ext. 1009482.
To read a piece Niagara At Large posted earlier this week on the crime against this church, click on – https://niagaraatlarge.com/2021/10/14/what-is-the-issue-with-civil-rights-icon-harriet-tubman-in-st-catharines/
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