Racist white man attacked Asian Canadians with pickup truck.

Ontario man jailed for attack on Asian anglers (CBC News):

[A white] Ontario man has been sentenced to two years less a day in jail Friday for attacking a group of Asian anglers and their friends in 2007.

Justice Alfred Stong also sentenced Trevor Middleton, 23, to three years’ probation after he has served his sentence, and 240 hours of community service helping seniors and people with mental disabilities. Middleton will also be required to attend a cultural awareness course, and he’s been banned from driving for 10 years.

According to Justice Stong, since some of the victims were Asian Canadians, what made them stand out visually in the overwhelmingly white town must have been their “culture”, which was made conspicuous by the fact that they were trying to fish from a dock in Lake Simcoe, Ontario, alongside their white friends.

Also according to Justice Stong, learning about “Asian culture” prevents white people from attacking Asians Canadians who are engaging in the act of fishing.

A jury found Middleton guilty in December of four counts of aggravated assault and two counts of criminal negligence causing bodily harm. The charges relate to an attack on Shayne Berwick and six of his friends — two of Asian descent — in Georgina Township, northeast of Newmarket, about 50 kilometres north of Toronto.

The group was fishing near Mossington Park Bridge off Lake Simcoe early in the morning on Sept. 16, 2007, when Middleton and some of his friends arrived. Middleton’s group pushed two of Berwick’s friends off the dock and into the lake, the court heard.

A scuffle ensued between members of the two groups, and one of Middleton’s friends was badly beaten.

Berwick and his friends then got into a car and fled. But Middleton chased them down a road with his pickup truck, ramming into the car repeatedly until it crashed into a tree, court heard. Berwick was severely injured in the crash and suffered brain damage.

Despite finding that race played a role in the attack, the judge didn’t use hate crime provisions of the criminal code when he handed down his sentence. That prompted members of Berwick’s family to question outside the court whether the law acts as a deterrent.

Berwick’s family is urging the Crown to appeal the sentence, arguing that it isn’t long enough.

Middleton will be incarcerated for less than two years, while Berwick will permanently brain damaged and in a wheelchair for the rest of his life. People expressed anger over the light sentence.

(The attack was motivated by racism, because it was part of a pattern. See: Racism behind angler attacks: Report for the background.)

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42 Responses to “Racist white man attacked Asian Canadians with pickup truck.”

  1. Renee Says:

    Less than two years is not enough for what he did. It is even more troubling when we consider that these kind of assaults are on going. If there is a not a swift reaction people are going to continue to do this. Are they going to wait for someone to die before it is considered serious enough to deal with. These assaults are clearly race based and by not sentencing the assailant in this way all the judge said was that it was okay to do this. Once again the criminal justice system lets POC down.

  2. Kevin Says:

    This sentence is an absolute joke, he will spend less then 2 years in a jail for a crime that will affect the victims for the rest of their lives.

  3. fromthetropics Says:

    Sooo, have they (government, police) done anything to work against hate crimes in the area? Restructure, you’re doing a lot to crash my rosy-colored view of Canada…which I suppose is a good thing (*FTT sighs for the loss she has to deal with*).

  4. Mike Barber Says:

    What is also disturbing is that attacks on Asian people in that community–specifically, attacks which involve throwing Asian people into the water–is apparently commonplace enough to warrant a name for the activity, which the locals call “nip-tipping.”

    It’s funny how the judge cited Trevor Middleton’s age at the time of the attack (20 years old) as if it was some kind of mitigating factor. And by funny, I mean WTF.

  5. urbia Says:

    Folks might also be interested to know that the term might have stemmed from “cow-tipping,” an activity that involves shoving cows over when they sleep in a standing position.

  6. Canada is multicultural, not anti-racist. « Restructure! Says:

    [...] Racist white man attacked Asian Canadians with pickup truck. [...]

  7. Joe Says:

    Fishing at 2 AM? Who the F does that? Fishing at night is illegal last I heard. Nobody seems to blink an eye or question this in any story I have read…It’s all just white racists and asian canadian fisherman out at 2 AM.. etc.etc.etc.

  8. Restructure! Says:

    I tried to Google this, and fishing at night with a light to draw in the fish is illegal.

  9. Mike Barber Says:

    @Joe I’m not up on hunting and fishing by-laws, so I really don’t know… but does it even matter? Let’s say for this conversation that it was illegal to be fishing at that time, how does this at all factor in to the racially-motivated vehicular assault that resulted in one victim sustaining serious brain damage?

    The reason nobody is blinking an eye or questioning this in any story you have read is because it is irrelevant. Your concern for the possible illegality of the fishing seems to be out of a desire to blame the victims. That’s fucked up.

  10. Anonymous Says:

    disappointment in the sentence……..what can you say, this had to be a hate crime….right……..????????????????

  11. Anonymous Says:

    Now imagine if Middleton were Muslim.

  12. goaler Says:

    those are our fish that he was stealing!

  13. someone Says:

    Definantly not kocher but from my exp. asain anglers tend to not respect regulations regarding fishing. Where i live the local clam beds use to produce wonderful giant clams until word spread and huge Asian families showed up just to decimate the clams…. White people use to think(and sometimes still do) that natural resources are unlimited. Well now its time for Asians to take a hint and stop plundering our fisheries. For fuck sake do you really need to catch a years supply of fish every time you go out?
    signed(a native).

  14. goaler Says:

    they eat shark finns also fuckers!

  15. goaler Says:

    maybe the tital should stste,
    rascist asian attacks clam!

  16. fred Says:

    Let’s take a look at the so-called “victims”. It was a mixed group. Who were breaking the law by fishing at 2 am. 2 am???!!! That’s not fishing. That’s stealing.

    When confronted there was a confrontation in which two people were pushed in the water. So freaking what? Good for pushing them in the water. They shouldn’t have been stealing. In response the people who were stealing “badly beat” one of Middleton’s friends. And then tried to flee the scene of their crimes. So far, no one has broken the law except the people who were fishing illegally at 2am.

    A car chase ensues with Middleton chasing the criminals. So far, Middleton has still done nothing wrong. It’s perfectly legitimate to pursue criminals.

    During the car chase there are several collisions. Did the car in front slam on breaks to cause the first one? The article doesn’t say so I’m going to give the criminals the benefit of the doubt and assume that was Middleton’s fault. Now, that is the first time Middleton actually broke the law. Up until this point it has all been the fault of those fishing illegally. It looks like Middleton causes several more collisions. That’s bad. That’s assault with a vehicle. He should have simply pursued and gotten their license plate number.

    The article says, “Middleton chased them down a road with his pickup truck, ramming into the car repeatedly until it crashed into a tree.” Now, that is an interesting sentence and I’m not exactly sure what it means. It looks like most of those leaving comments think it means Middleton rammed the car causing the car lose control and run into a tree.

    But did Middleton actually cause the car wreck? The article doesn’t say that. The article simply says that Middleton rammed the car until it crashed into a tree. Remember that this is a high speed car chase. Presumably on a rural road at night. It may be that at such speeds Berwick simply lost control. At the time of the wreck, Middleton may have been 100 meters away.

    Now, if Berwick’s injuries had resulted from Middleton running into his car rather than him running into a tree then I would definitely say Middleon deserved a longer sentence. But Berwick participated in this car chase. He was presumably driving at high speeds. So when he runs into a tree he bears some of the responsibility himself.

    The most interesting part of this article is that the only people actually injured were white, not asian. Yet restructure chooses to focus on the race of those who weren’t even injured. Her lack of “empathy” for the white people injured is shocking.

  17. Kathy Says:

    Fred, let’s take a look at the FACTS.
    According to CBC:

    “The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters was given an F for showing “a failure to understand the issue of discrimination against Asian-Canadian anglers.”

    The attacks started several months before the Federation of Anglers and Hunters posted a letter to the editor urging members to question Asian-looking fishermen about their legal documentation.

    Police warned at the time that Natural Resources Ministry conservation officers and police are the only people who have the authority to make those demands.”

    Read more:

    Obviously, Middleton was not an officer or police, so even if, as you say, fishing at 2:am is illegal, Middleton was clearly wrong.
    Also, provide your link to the “fishing at 2:am is illegal.”

    I have gone fishing on party boats in the US, that fish all night long.

  18. goaler Says:

    Asian automobile operators cause more accidents than other drivers.
    They lack the higher standard of peripheral vision needed for activities such as a high speed car chase, playing net in ice hockey,quaterback in football among others.
    No doubt this probably had a factor in this result!

  19. fred Says:

    Kathy, I’d like to take a look at your “FACTS” as well.

    Who cares if the “Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters was given an F”? Who gave them an F? The Ontario Federation of ASIAN Anglers and Hunters? It sounds like Asians are the ones who deserve an “F” for fishing without permits.

    the Federation of Anglers and Hunters posted a letter to the editor urging members to question Asian-looking fishermen about their legal documentation.

    Good. People shouldn’t be fishing without permits.

    Police warned at the time that Natural Resources Ministry conservation officers and police are the only people who have the authority to make those demands

    So what? It’s still not illegal to ask to see someone’s permit.

    What you did in the states is irrelevant. Ontario fishing regs. pg 4, bottom right corner (General Prohibitions) says that it’s illegal to use artificial lights except under certain very limited circumstances. The article doesn’t say they were fishing illegally. But they were. How do I know? Because that’s the whole point of fishing at night.

    =============

    goaler-

  20. fred Says:

    goaler-

    The article didn’t say the driver was asian.

  21. Kathy Says:

    Fred, the article said two of the driver’s friends were Asian, but goalers comprehension skills and logic are poorly focused and inadequate.

  22. Kathy Says:

    “What you did in the states is irrelevant. Ontario fishing regs. pg 4, bottom right corner (General Prohibitions) says that it’s illegal to use artificial lights except under certain very limited circumstances. The article doesn’t say they were fishing illegally. But they were. How do I know? Because that’s the whole point of fishing at night.”

    Fred, all the law says is “using artificial lights”, which is never mentioned anywhere, I am sure a good defense lawyer would have come up with it, even if it was a real good lie.
    And no, the whole point of fishing at night, is that people like to fish at night, why have party boats that go out at midnight? It’s probably illegal in Canada to “chum” too, but that wasn’t mentioned either.

  23. Restructure! Says:

    Thank you, fred. You should also note that goaler claimed that Asians “lack a higher standard of peripheral vision”, which is obviously an intentional racist reference.

    I don’t see why the whole point of fishing at night would be to use a light. I thought it would be to catch fish.

    Anyway, if one group of Asian people and one group of whites fished illegally, it is racist to profile and assault Asians over whites.

    The most interesting part of this article is that the only people actually injured were white, not asian. Yet restructure chooses to focus on the race of those who weren’t even injured. Her lack of “empathy” for the white people injured is shocking.

    No, in the second-last paragraph, I focused on Berwick.

  24. Kathy Says:

    “the Federation of Anglers and Hunters posted a letter to the editor urging members to question Asian-looking fishermen about their legal documentation.

    Good. People shouldn’t be fishing without permits.”

    People shouldn’t be fishing without permits, ok, so why don’t we ask all people, not just Asian Canadians? Should we push white people into the water and demand documentation from white people as well?

  25. goaler Says:

    no its fact restructure!
    just as the average male black is faster athletically than others,
    the east asians sight is of less calibre than the others.
    So i guess its racist to claim the black race has the top 50 in the world ,100 meter runners?
    or the best boxers?
    Or that the white race dominates the olympics?
    These are not racist facts!
    You are the only racist. im a defender!

  26. goaler Says:

    winter olympics that is!

  27. fred Says:

    kathy writes, People shouldn’t be fishing without permits, ok, so why don’t we ask all people, not just Asian Canadians? Should we push white people into the water and demand documentation from white people as well?

    I don’t object to asking everyone for their permit. In fact, I think that’s a great idea! I wouldn’t mind showing someone my permit because I’m a law abiding citizen and I want the laws enforced.

    But as I said in an earlier post, it’s not illegal to ask to see someone’s permit. And showing one’s permit is a great way to do away with both illegal activity and stereotypes. After all, people are less likely to break the law if they know they will be asked for a permit every time they fish. And it will do away with stereotypes if the people asked usually have the permits.

    I’d LOVE to see a law passed where anglers are REQUIRED to show their permits to ANYONE who asked. And in return, the person asking would be required to show their permit as well. I think that sort of “mutual checking” should be codified with a hotline to call in case of a violation. That would drastically cut down on poaching and make everyone happy – except Asians. Because Asians don’t want their permits checked. They want to break the law and then scream “RACISM!” when people object to their poaching.

    As for being pushed in the water… If the assholes showed their permits they wouldn’t get pushed.

  28. fred Says:

    kathy writes, the article said two of the driver’s friends were Asian, but goalers comprehension skills and logic are poorly focused and inadequate.

    Yes, I’ve noticed that some of his arguments are a bit off. But many of his observations are still correct. My response to restucture will give an example.

    restructure writes, “You should also note that goaler claimed that Asians “lack a higher standard of peripheral vision”, which is obviously an intentional racist reference.”

    I don’t really care if something is racist or not. All I care about is whether it is accurate and relevant. In this case, I don’t think goaler’s reason is accurate ie narrow eyes limits peripheral vision. One could just as easily make the argument that Asians have better depth perception because their eyes are set wider apart, which actually is true. I don’t think either argument is significant.

    On the other hand, his observation that Asians tend to be poor drivers is correct and supported by scientific studies. For example, “People with a particular gene variant performed more than 20 percent worse on a driving test than people without it—and a follow-up test a few days later yielded similar results.”

    http://cercor.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/bhp189v1

    The percentage of various demographics possessing this gene variant are as follows:

    African 0%
    European 17%
    Japanese 34%
    Chinese 63%

    restructure writes, “I don’t see why the whole point of fishing at night would be to use a light. I thought it would be to catch fish.”

    Light attracts the microscopic organisms minnows feed on. Minnows attract the panfish people are trying to catch. It’s like hunters baiting fields. It’s against the law.

    Anyway, if one group of Asian people and one group of whites fished illegally, it is racist to profile and assault Asians over whites.

    If whites and asians violated this law at the same rate then I’d agree with you. But if 10% of whites violate the law and 40% of asians violate the law it’s reasonable to profile. This isn’t just an issue in Canada. I’ve been to other countries and heard the same complaints. Ethnic groups don’t all commit the same crimes at equal rates. There are some crimes blacks do more of. And there are some crimes whites do more of. This is a crime that asians do more of.

    No, in the second-last paragraph, I focused on Berwick.

    Second to last paragraph? WOW! whoopty-f’ing-do! The title and article weren’t about Berwick’s injuries. You were playing up the race angle. If Berwick’s group hadn’t had two asians you wouldn’t have even mentioned this.

  29. Restructure! Says:

    fred,

    The percentage of various demographics possessing this gene variant are as follows:

    African 0%
    European 17%
    Japanese 34%
    Chinese 63%

    Are these percentages from the journal article you linked?

    Light attracts the microscopic organisms minnows feed on. Minnows attract the panfish people are trying to catch. It’s like hunters baiting fields. It’s against the law.

    That’s not what I was asking.

    If whites and asians violated this law at the same rate then I’d agree with you. But if 10% of whites violate the law and 40% of asians violate the law it’s reasonable to profile.

    There is no evidence of this.

    If Berwick’s group hadn’t had two asians you wouldn’t have even mentioned this.

    That’s because this blog covers race and racism in Canada, not everything under the sun.

  30. fred Says:

    restructure asked, “Are these percentages from the journal article you linked?”

    No. I used a database on the National Institute for Health / National Center for Biotechnology Information site. You’ll find the population frequencies for these alleles under the “Population Diversity” heading. The tan “A” represents the percentage with that variation. And, of course, I rounded. So the exact numbers you’ll find are 0.175, 0.631, 0.337 & 0.

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/SNP/snp_ref.cgi?rs=rs6265

    That’s not what I was asking.

    Maybe not. But that’s why people fish at 2am.

    There is no evidence of this.

    Maybe. Maybe not. We’d need to see the numbers for those fined for fishing without permits. Regardless, a law abiding person would gladly display their permit because it would help reduce poaching and undermine the stereotype. Objecting to being asked both arouses suspicion and provides cover for those who are poaching. Objecting is foolish.

    That’s because this blog covers race and racism in Canada, not everything under the sun.

    Which according to you only happens to “people of color”. In spite of the fact you showed a shocking lack of “empathy” for the white people injured.

  31. Kathy Says:

    Fred,
    your link didn’t really prove anything to me, but I do have a question, how do you account for the huge percentage difference between Chinese and Japanese in your study?

  32. fred Says:

    Kathy writes, your link didn’t really prove anything to me

    Your opinion doesn’t change the results.

    how do you account for the huge percentage difference between Chinese and Japanese in your study?

    That’s beyond the scope of the study as well as my previous comment. But based on this article from the University of Pittsburgh I’d say the most likely explanation is that the Japanese are a hybrid of Jomon and Yayoi. With the Jomon having migrated when RS6265 was either non existent or present at a much lower rate. And the Yayoi migration occurring after RS6265 had become much more common.

    http://www.pitt.edu/~annj/courses/notes/jomon_genes.html

  33. Kathy Says:

    Fred,
    your link only shows a gene variant, with some percentages, there is no conclusion.

    You seem to want to lump Asians into a stereotype of “poor driving” due to a gene variant and percentages, with no conclusion, yet you can’t explain the difference between Japanese and Chinese percentages, that is very relevant to me. You can’t explain the difference, because then, it would disprove your theory that Asians are bad drivers. Not to even mention, that your theory would show up in other activities besides driving, but it doesn’t.

  34. Anonymous Says:

    cant play in the nets

  35. fred Says:

    kathy writes, your link only shows a gene variant, with some percentages, there is no conclusion.

    I’ve provided a total of three links. The first one demonstrated a link between the gene variant and poor driving.

    http://cercor.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/bhp189v1

    The second one demonstrated the percentages of different populations which possessed the gene variant.

    http://cercor.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/bhp189v1

    The third one demonstrated the most likely reason for the gene variant.

    http://www.pitt.edu/~annj/courses/notes/jomon_genes.html

    kathy writes Not to even mention, that your theory would show up in other activities besides driving, but it doesn’t.

    Sure it does. As anonymous points out, “cant play in the nets”. Look at those percentages again. Now tell me they don’t represent exactly what one would expect based on different groups’ athletic performance.

  36. fred Says:

    correction:

    The third one demonstrated the most likely reason for the different rates of the gene variant between chinese and japanese.

  37. Kathy Says:

    Fred, the point is, you are trying to make a general statement that Asians have a gene variant that affects driving skills, yet you can’t seem to explain why there is a huge percentage difference between Chinese and Japanese in your link.

    Your link still doesn’t present a conclusion.

  38. fred Says:

    You reject the results because it doesn’t explain WHY Chinese and Japanese possess the variant at different rates? First, why different populations possess the gene variant at different rates has no bearing on how the variant affects performance.

    And, second, I provided a very reasonable theory why Japanese possess the gene variant at a different rate. It’s because Japanese are a hybrid of two different and previously existing populations. One of which possessd the gene variant and the other didn’t.

    You’re obviously Chinese or you wouldn’t be in denial regarding the results. But why are you so hung up on the Japanese? What’s it to you?

  39. Anonymous Says:

    she is just like most chinese, the most racist of all!

  40. fred Says:

    anonymous has a point. restructure writes as if no one knows what “hak gwai” and “gwailouh” mean. Or how frequently Chinese say it.

  41. Kathy Says:

    Fred,
    One last time, your blanket statement is not supported by your link, and you are unable to explain a huge percentage difference in two subgroups in your blanket statement. Simple as that.
    Fred, I am white, LOL.

  42. fred Says:

    Kathy writes, One last time, your blanket statement is not supported by your link,

    Sure it is.

    kathy writes, and you are unable to explain a huge percentage difference in two subgroups in your blanket statement.

    The difference was explained perfectly well by the university of pittsburgh article on japanese ancesty. But genetics need not explain the reason for the difference to know that it exists. Just because you think they all look alike doesn’t mean they are all alike.

    Kathy writes, Fred, I am white, LOL.

    I’m sorry to hear that.


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