CALGARY — A 24-year-old Calgary woman is accused of uttering threats against a taxi driver, an alleged crime police say was motivated by hate.
A camera mounted inside the cab in July 2014 captured a woman verbally attacking the driver, including a comment that the employee should "not be allowed in her country.''
Following a police investigation, the passenger was identified, arrested and charged.
Det.Matt Baker says the taxi regulator gave police a USB stick with different instances of taxi assaults and property damage to taxis.
Brittany Bachinsky of Calgary is charged with uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm.
Police continue to investigate and are trying to identify Bachinsky's fellow passengers.
"We're still looking for the male, front-seat passenger of that taxi who is facing potential charges of property damage and assault,'' Baker said.
Advances in technology have assisted police investigations into alleged assaults of taxi drivers.
"Most taxi companies and taxi cabs within Calgary now have CCTV cameras within them,'' said Baker. "We always use that as our best evidence.''
"In any investigation whereby a taxi is damaged or a taxi driver is investigated or assaulted, that CCTV evidence is crucial to us and assists us greatly in the investigation.''
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