Calgary's Pride Sidewalk Was Vandalized With A Horrific Explicit Message & Police Are Investigating
Police have released photos of both suspects involved in the incident.
Calgary’s pride sidewalk has been vandalized for the second time in less than a week. Calgary police have released photos and video footage of the suspects involved in the Calgary Pride Sidewalk vandalism. Calgary Police are looking for the two suspects responsible for this hate crime and the last on Aug. 14 and are asking the public for help locating them.
Thetook place four days ago when the words "LOST" and "LUST" were painted on the LGBTQ2+ and trans pride sidewalks respectively. The second incident happened yesterday on Aug. 18 when a vandal scrawled the extremely hateful message, “shoot a f****t” on the painted sidewalk.
Nolan Hill, who first came across the message, told CBC News that "It's hard to see and it's hard not to reconsider how safe we might feel in the community." The words were discovered early Sunday morning.
Note: The below photo contains crude language.
In response to the tragic hate crime, the community has come together to write positive, supportive, and uplifting messages on the pride sidewalk with chalk as an act of solidarity. Things like “you matter,” "queer love," and “be brave” can now be seen.
Following the new messages, Calgary Pride posted on Facebook saying "Our community is strong, empowered, and full of love. Thank you for supporting, preserving, and celebrating the permanent sidewalk flags with your kind words."
As for the vandals, Calgary Police have just released photos and footage of both individuals believed to be responsible. The first of the two incidents took place on Aug. 14 around 4:15 a.m. During the incident, an individual dressed in a construction uniform and hard hat approached the sidewalks, set up pylons and a road closed sign, and proceeded to deface them.
At one point in the footage, the suspect stops a motorist trying to turn onto 8th Ave. from Centre St. A jogger and other witnesses were seen in the area.
The second incident occurred around 8:20 a.m. on Aug. 18 and the Hate Crimes Unit has released a photo of the man they believe to be responsible.
The two crimes are not being treated as related. “These acts of vandalism are committed by cowards who do not have the courage to stand behind their words,” said Sgt. Craig Collins from the Hate Crimes Unit, “I challenge them to come forward and take responsibility for their actions.”
If you have any information about either incident of vandalism or recognize these individuals, contact the police non-emergency line at 403-266-1234 or Crime Stoppers anonymously.
Though these incidents are tragic, terrifying, and terribly hateful, the community is coming together in a time of need to show LGBTQ2+ individuals that they are loved and supported.
If you have any information on the suspects, please contact the Calgary Police.