(Video: Marie-Claire / Campaign Life Coalition)
TORONTO, Canada (WCMH) – A Toronto man has been arrested, accused of kicking an anti-abortion protester more than a week ago.
According to a Toronto Police Service news release, 26-year-old Jordan Hunt is charged with eight counts of assault and seven counts of mischief under $5,000 from the September 30 incident.
Police said it happened while a group of people were protesting against abortions in the area of Keele Street and Bloor Street West in Toronto. Police say Hunt had a marker and started scribbling on the clothing of protesters.
When Hunt was confronted by one of the protesters, police say he kicked her in the shoulder, knocking her phone from her hand. Police say he then grabbed a ribbon she was wearing and ran away.
Video posted to YouTube shows the suspect asking a protester, “If somebody gets raped by somebody and they’re like ‘I’m a 16-year-old and I can’t have this baby’ think you should keep it?’”
The protester replies, “It’s a baby” before the man sticks out his tongue and kicks her.
In a post on Life Site, Marie-Claire Bissonnette identified herself as the victim of the attack. She said police were not very helpful at the time of the assault.
“As I was on the verge of tears and shaking from the adrenaline, I didn’t know what to say. I asked what my options were, and they replied that I could file a complaint, but warned that I’d have to take him to court, and only if they were able to find him, but given that it wasn’t a “serious case of assault”, he’d be likely to be given probation or less,” said Bissonnette.
Police say Hunt is also accused of assault from another incident on August 2. Police say in that case Hunt rode up on a bike and tried to grab an abortion protester’s sign, pushing her into a pole in the process.
According to the Washington Post, Hunt was fired from his job as a hairstylist at a Toronto salon on Friday.