Police charge 39-year-old London, Ont. man 2 weeks after race-related incident at Sobeys – Globalnews.ca



A London man is facing charges two weeks after a race-related incident in the north end of the city went viral.While London police said race-related comments were made during the altercation between two men at the Sobeys at 1595 Adelaide St. N., no hate crime charges were laid.Story continues belowThe incident was reviewed by the London Police Service hate crime unit but ultimately police decided to charge Phillip McLaughlin, 39, with assault, forcible confinement and causing a disturbance.READ MORE: ‘I want to leave’: London, Ont. police investigate race-related incident as possible hate crimeThe altercation, which occurred July 17, was recorded on video and posted on social media and quickly went viral. In the video, a man in a black hoodie can be seen trying to leave the grocery store, but another man wearing a red shirt forcibly blocked his path.Since it was first posted, the video has been viewed over 2.4 million times.WATCH: Cranbrook woman’s racist tirade at Lethbridge Denny’s goes viral