Calgary pastor tossed out of drag queen story hour event makes court appearance

Pastor Derek Reimer was charged with mischief and causing a disturbance after he was physically ejected from Seton Library while protesting an all-ages drag queen story hour event.

Calgary pastor tossed out of drag queen story hour event makes court appearance
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UPDATE (May 7, 2024): Pastor Derek Reimer's originally scheduled two-day trial was shortened to one day, with a verdict expected on July 2.

The trial of a Calgary pastor charged with mischief and causing a disturbance during a protest at a drag queen story hour event got underway on Monday.

Pastor Derek Reimer was issued two charges after being was forcefully ejected from Seton Library, where he was protesting an all-ages event featuring drag queens reading to children at the public library.

Rebel News' Angelica Toy was at the courthouse covering day one of the two-day trial.

The first witness to testify, Jacob Robinson, phoned the police to report a confrontation after seeing Reimer thrown to the ground. Robinson told the court there were no signs of aggression from Reimer, who he said posed no safety concern.

Robinson also reaffirmed his decision to call the police, describing the scene as chaotic but noting Reimer complied with officers upon their arrival, leaving the library.

Reimer's defence called for a second witness, one the judge cautioned could be irrelevant to the case, but the individual was unable to be reached.

Following the delay, court was adjourned and before resuming on Tuesday.

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