1 person arrested, more arrests expected following skirmish at Hamilton Pride

Hamilton police have made an arrest following a disturbance at the city’s Pride celebration at Gage Park on June 15.

Police say Cedar Hopperton, 33, has been arrested for parole violations after allegedly participating in a public demonstration where peace was disrupted.

Hopperton pleaded guilty in connection with the Locke Street vandalism spree on March 3, 2018, and was described in court as being a “ringleader” of the incident.

Police were called to the Pride event at Gage Park and escorted a religious group and members of the populist Yellow Vest movement off the property after they reportedly displayed anti-LGBTQ2 signs.

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Investigators say there was an argument with the event’s attendees and several people suffered minor injuries.

Police say investigators are searching through a large amount of video and witness statements and several persons of interest have been identified.

The investigation is ongoing and police say other arrests are anticipated.

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Police are still asking for victims and witnesses to come forward.

The prime minister’s special adviser on LGBTQ2 issues condemned what he characterized as a violent and hateful incident at a Hamilton Pride event.

Edmonton-area MP Randy Boissonnault called the altercation “distressing and unacceptable.”

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