Turns Out the Guy Charged in Racist Bat-Swinging Video Is an Affluent Lawyer

Mark Phillips, great-grandson of Toronto Mayor Nathan Phillips, was caught on video screaming “ISIS” and “terrorists” in St. Thomas, Ontario.
December 14, 2017, 9:07pm
Photo via LinkedIn, screenshot via Twitter

Last week, a disturbing video capturing a racist attack on a family of three in a mall parking lot went viral. The incident occurred in St. Thomas, Ontario—nearby London, Ontario—and showed a man swinging a bat and screaming repetitively at those behind the camera.

“We got terrorists… ISIS, ISIS, we got ISIS right here!” the alleged attacker shouted in the video. At one point, the camera went sideways, and it appeared the man had hit someone with the bat.


A man was arrested the same day as the attack, on December 8, at a residence in London and charged with aggravated assault and three counts of assault with a weapon.

Now, CBC has reported that the man who was arrested and charged has been identified. Reportedly, his name is Mark Phillips, he’s 36 years old, and he’s worked as a Toronto-based personal injury lawyer.

Oh, and to top it off, he probably had a trust fund: Phillips is the great-grandson of former Toronto mayor Nathan Phillips, CBC reports.

That’s right, that’s the mayor that Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto—where city hall sits—was named after, nbd.

His uncle, Jeff Phillips, gave an interview to CBC: "His father is very upset," he said.

Jeff said that he had lost contact with Mark.

Mark’s LinkedIn profile states that he works at Barapp Law, but no info about him exists currently on the firm’s site. He is set to appear in court this week.