YouTu­ber at­tacked while livestream­ing in Gar­den City

The Niagara Falls Review - - Local - RACHEL EM­MANUEL

A pop­u­lar St. Catharines YouTu­ber said he won’t stop film­ing in pub­lic af­ter he was at­tacked while livestream­ing in Mon­te­bello Park on Wedneds­day.

Mike Hatcher, known as the Magic His­to­rian on YouTube, was film­ing him­self us­ing a phone at­tached to a selfie stick when two passersby ap­peared in the back­ground of his livestream video. The pair, a male and fe­male, be­gan to take is­sue with the cam­era and said they did not want to be filmed.

At this point, Hatcher turned away from the cam­era to ad­dress them. He as­sured them he was film­ing him­self and they were not the fo­cus of the video.

“I’m also an­noyed at that point, so the an­noy­ance is com­ing through in my tone,” Hatcher later re­calls of the in­ci­dent.

He then looked back at the cam­era, turn­ing his back to the pair, and con­tin­ued talk­ing into the livestream. The male passerby than walked up be­hind Hatcher and kicked him in the head, say­ing some­thing about Hatcher “mouthing off to his woman.”

Fol­low­ing the at­tack, Hatcher im­me­di­ately ran and found po­lice of­fi­cers and filed a re­port.

In an email, Ni­a­gara Regional Po­lice Const. Phil Gavin said of­fi­cers were flagged down at about 12:10 p.m. Be­cause the al­ter­ca­tion was caught on cam­era, the of­fi­cers were able to broad­cast a de­scrip­tion to all the area pa­trol units. The sus­pect was lo­cated at about 12:50 p.m. in the area of Lake Street and Wel­land Av­enue, Gavin said. Upon be­ing in­formed of his ar­rest, the sus­pect broke away from the of­fi­cer but was pur­sued and caught as he at­tempted to jump a fence.

Colin Laws, 42, of no fixed abode, is charged with as­sault, re­sist ar­rest, and fail to com­ply with pro­ba­tion.

Hatcher, who reg­u­larly films him­self in pub­lic, said he’s never ex­pe­ri­enced ha­rass­ment to this de­gree. At times, passersby will re­quest not to be filmed or will “curse him out” if they’re ag­gra­vated, but the dis­putes usu­ally end there.

“This never hap­pens,” he said. “Ob­vi­ously, it was com­pletely un­war­ranted.”

He also said he tries to be re­spect­ful of other peo­ple while film­ing in pub­lic by keep­ing the cam­era on his face and min­i­miz­ing back­ground when pos­si­ble.

“I don’t go around record­ing peo­ple,” Hatcher said. “I’m just try­ing to en­joy my­self with my au­di­ence, not cause any dis­tur­bance for any­body in pub­lic and I want to re­spect the pub­lic’s space while also en­joy­ing it.”

Since the at­tack, Thatcher said the sup­port he’s re­ceived has been “stag­ger­ing.”

How­ever, he’s still un­sure how the at­tack will af­fect his health. He re­quires an X-ray on his spine to see if there’s a frac­ture and was told a con­cus­sion may de­velop.

“At this point, I seem to be all right, but I don’t know 100 per cent.”

He also said he un­der­stands if peo­ple find the video com­i­cal.

“There’s a de­gree of hu­mour in watch­ing some­one get­ting booted in the head like that.”

The al­ter­ca­tion can be viewed on Hatcher’s YouTube chan­nel by click­ing the link be­low: www.youtube.com /watch?v=Y8AxQj-kJ -Y&fea­ture=youtu.be &t=57m54s

YouTu­ber Mike Hatcher

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