A street preacher is facing charges of aggravated assault in connection to an altercation that left a B.C. radio host with a broken leg in August.
On Thursday (Oct. 22), Vancouver police said that Dorre Love, 42, has been charged after a “physical altercation” with Justin Morissette, of Sportsnet 650, on Aug. 22. The radio host intervened when hearing Love and another man preach a homophobic sermon on Davie Street in an area known as Vancouver’s gay village.
“The VPD thoroughly investigate all allegations of assault and take each one seriously,” said Const. Tania Visintin. “Investigators have worked hard and we are pleased to see charges have been approved by Crown counsel.”
A warrant has been issued for Love’s arrest.
In a statement to Black Press Media after the charges were announced, Morissette said it was a relief to get the news.
“I understand that this is a process and these things take time, but the longer it dragged on the more it started to feel like this day wasn’t coming,” he said. “I’ve taken a lot of abuse from supporters of this so-called church who clung to the idea that Dorre was innocent because he hadn’t been charged, so it’s nice to shut those people up at the very least.”
Morissette said that while he was disappointed that further charges were not laid, this was a “big step towards some measure of justice. It’s a happy day.”
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