Sometime between the evening of Wednesday, January 22 and Thursday, January 23, an act of vandalism occurred that police are calling “hate-motivated.” The Calgary hate crime included graffiti painted on a car with racial slurs. In addition, the car’s windshield was smashed. Police are investigating and asking the public for any information they may have to help find the person responsible.

This article contains graphic content that might not be suitable for some readers. This article includes racial slurs.

In a news release from the City of Calgary, it is explained that investigators believe a vehicle was vandalized because of the owner’s ethnicity.

The car in question is a 2004 Silver Honda Accord and it was parked on Douglas Glen Crescent in the southeast at the time of the incident. 

The words written on the vehicle were “PAKI” and “FOB.” Both of which are racial slurs, one towards individuals from Pakistan and the other targeting immigrants in general.

The Calgary Police Service explained in an email that “Hate-motived crimes are recognizable crimes, like assault, theft, vandalism or any other crime, where the offender was motivated by bias, prejudice or hate that is based on one of nine personal characteristics of the victim.”

Therefore, this crime certainly falls under the description of a hate crime.

The City of Calgary shared photos of the vandalism in their news release.

You can see from the photos that derogatory words were written with spray paint on both the hood and the roof of the vehicle. There is also damage to the windshield.

The Calgary Police Service also explained the ramifications of an act like this for the perpetrator.

"The hate motivation is considered by the court after a person is found guilty of the crime. If the judge decides during sentencing that hate was a motivation for the crime, it is an aggravating factor that adds to the convicted person's sentence," said the email.

The crime does not yet have a culprit and the police have not mentioned anything about suspects at this time.

After racist rant videos have emerged in B.C. at a carwash and a Shoppers Drug Mart, we know this type of incident is not unique.

The police ask that anyone with information call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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