'Kim's Convenience' Actor Andrew Phung Calls Out Toronto Cop for Racist Comment
The alleged incident took place outside a Toronto Blue Jays game at the Rogers Centre this weekend
The actor was meeting his family at the Rogers Centre to watch a Blue Jays game, and Phung says that while he was walking to the stadium he saw an officer tell a driver to "go back to your country."
He took to Twitter to describe the incident and condemn the behaviour of the cop.
Phung explained that he was crossing the street in front of the stadium with a large group of other pedestrians, and a driver (described as a person of colour) hesitated to pull through the intersection as they were crossing. The cop then shouted at the driver to go through the light, and after they did, Phung says the cop muttered, "If you can't drive, go back to your country."
When Phung responded by saying, "That's not cool," he claims that two white men nearby reiterated the sentiment of the cop, saying "Amen, go back to where you fucking came from."
Representatives for Toronto Police have since reached out to Phung for further details, and a spokesperson said that the matter is currently being investigated.
See Phung's full string of tweets below.
I literally just witnessed a @TorontoPolice officer shout "go back to your country" because they were confused at the crosswalk. To which two white dudes then shouted "amen, go back to where you fucking came from." THIS IS NOT MY CANADA!— Andrew Phung (@andrewphung) July 7, 2018
I then walked alongside the racist dudes and talked about all the things I love about immigrants and what they bring to Canada.— Andrew Phung (@andrewphung) July 7, 2018
I ran back to snap a pic of the officer. I have it but won't share. I'll provide it to @TorontoPolice if they'd like to follow up. It was a this intersection. Today is a beautiful day for a Jays game and instead this family gets told to go home. THIS IS NOT MY CANADA! pic.twitter.com/DxLkoQcinY— Andrew Phung (@andrewphung) July 7, 2018
I'm now seated at the Jays game with my family. I will send a proper email/message to the @TorontoPolice tonight with the photo of the officer and full details. THIS IS NOT MY CANADA and I'm so glad that others feel the same. ❤️❤️— Andrew Phung (@andrewphung) July 7, 2018
Thanks to everyone for their support and kind comments. I've sent an email to the @TorontoPolice. They reached out and I provided photos and details. I'll continue to follow up. Racism isn't cool, I saw it and had to say something. Let's all do the same if we see it happen.— Andrew Phung (@andrewphung) July 8, 2018
To clarify, the officer made the comment towards a family of driving through the intersection. The driver was confused, but drove through without incident. Cars behind made their turn as well. This intersection is very confusing as seen in the pics.— Andrew Phung (@andrewphung) July 8, 2018
I had a great conversation with the @TorontoPolice today. They requested details and we talked through what happened. Investigation and discussions ongoing. I'm really impressed at how they reached out and are handling this. Lots of care, attention, and sincerity in our convo.— Andrew Phung (@andrewphung) July 9, 2018