Montreal Police Arrest Man Accused of Online 'Hate Speech'
Montreal police have arrested a Kirkland man accused of making hateful social media comments targeting Muslims.
The man was arrested overnight at a home on de Shediac Street, near de Berne Street in Kirkland.
Const. Raphael Bergeron said members of the Sûreté du Québec came across the alleged remarks while monitoring various social media sites.
They transmitted the information to Montreal police. Investigators were questioning the man, whose name has not been released.
It is still unclear what charges he may face, or whether he will appear in court Wednesday or be released on a promise to appear.
Montreal police Chief Philippe Pichet said Tuesday that since Sunday night's attack at a Quebec City mosque, there has been a spike in reports of hate-related comments.
The force is hiring 55 people whose jobs will include monitoring social media sites for hate speech.