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Man arrested at demonstration in hate-motivated assault,
Balmoral Avenue and Yonge Street area


Case #: 2024-637525

On Sunday, March 24, 2024, police were attending a demonstration in the Balmoral Avenue and Yonge Street area.

It is alleged that:

  • the accused was seen entering the crowd and yelling hate-motivated slurs at demonstrators
  • the accused pushed the victim, causing the victim to fall backwards
  • police took the accused into custody and he resisted arrest
  • the accused was found to have a knife in his possession

Stephen Swail, 30, of Toronto, has been charged with:

  1. Assault
  2. Assault with Intent to Resist Arrest
  3. Carrying a Concealed Weapon
  4. Possession of a Weapon

He is scheduled to appear in court at the Ontario Court of Justice, 10 Armoury Street, on Friday, May 3, 2024, at 2 p.m., in room 203.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-3500, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), or at

When suspected hate-motivated offences are reported to police, the investigation could be led by a Divisional investigator with the support of the Hate Crime Unit (HCU), or in some cases, will be investigated exclusively by the HCU.

If it is alleged a criminal offence was committed (such as assault or mischief) and it is believed to have been motivated by bias, prejudice or hate, the officer-in-charge may consult with the Crown. If a person is charged and convicted of the offence, the Judge will take into consideration hate as an aggravating factor when imposing a sentence.

Wilful promotion of hatred and advocating genocide are hate propaganda (hate speech) offences which require the Attorney General’s consent to lay charges. These charges are often laid at a later time.

By Constable Laurie McCann

Constable Laurie McCann

Media Relations Officer

Corporate Communications

for Detective Timothy Walther

Detective Timothy Walther

Intelligence Services


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