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Calgary police investigate hate crime after swastikas, N-word spray-painted on pathway, fences

Calgary police are investigating swastikas and a racial slur that were spray-painted in a park.
Calgary police are investigating swastikas and a racial slur that were spray-painted in a park. Calgary Police Service

Calgary police are investigating an act of vandalism as a hate-motivated crime in the northeast community of Monterey Park, according to a news release issued Wednesday.

Officers responded to the 0 to 100 block of Anaheim Crescent N.E. after reports of property damage on Tuesday and found yellow swastikas and the N-word spray-painted on a pathway and several fences.

“This incident is being investigated as a hate-motivated crime because it is a criminal offence to deface public property, and the vandalism has racist overtones,” police said.

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An offence is classified as a hate crime when the perpetrator was motivated by bias or prejudice based on someone’s personal characteristics, police said.

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Police believe the vandalism could have happened on Monday, April 19 but they don’t know the exact date or if all of the spray-painting happened at the same time.

“It often has a lasting emotional impact on people whose homes and properties are damaged, especially if the vandalism indicates that victims have been intentionally targeted due to a personal characteristic or trait.”

If you have information on the vandals, call police at 403-266-1234 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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