Kelowna RCMP investigates racist-motivated graffiti left on local businesses – Kelowna News

Business hit by racist graffiti

Police are investigating racist-motivated graffiti left on the Kelowna company building and sidewalk Saturday.

The RCMP was called by the owner Saturday morning to Glenmore Road after an unknown suspect spray-painted the area with graffiti.

“The images and words spray-painted in this incident are of a racist nature,” Cpl. Jocelyn Noseworthy said in a press release. “Hate crimes and hate-motivated criminal activity have no place in our society, and our officers are working hard to identify this suspect.”

The officer’s investigation has established that the incident happened around 05.30 and was committed by a man wearing a mask and dark clothes.

“This kind of hateful vandalism is being taken very seriously by the police and by the city of Kelowna,” added Mayor Colin Basran.

“On behalf of the whole community, I express our dismay at this disgusting display of ignorance. However, this disgusting act gives us an opportunity for all of us to stand together and show that one little mind with a container of spray paint does not represent our community.”

The Kelowna RCMP and city law on Wednesday opened a couple of investigations into a Halloween exhibit with a Confederate flag and a figure hanging from a loop in a local home. The flag was removed from the display from Friday.

The RCMP asks anyone with more information about the graffiti to contact the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300. Or remain completely anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or by leaving a tip online at www.crimestoppers.net

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