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Calgary crossings are vandalized by "cowards" who need to "get out": police



Police in Calgary have some strong words for people who vandalized the city's pride and trans-pride crossings of Steven Avenue, saying hate messages will not be tolerated by the CPS.

Crosswalks have been separated twice since they were painted on Sunday, July 21st.

The first act of vandalism occurred at about 4:15 pm on Wednesday, August 14, with the word "lodge" sprayed at the junction of the rainbow flag of pride, and the word "lecture" encompassing the adjacent junction of pride across the street.

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Zoom Painting, a private company that committed to painting and maintaining the junction for up to 10 years, repaired the damage.

Then, on Sunday, the company was called into action again after the Pride Junction was defeated with the "Shoot F *****" message. Police said the gloomy words were written around 8:20 pm on August 18.

Caution: Calgary police have released surveillance video footage and photos of pride and trans flags spread across the city center. According to Josh Richie, police are causing the culprits to come forward.





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On Monday, Calgary police released photos of a suspect believed to be responsible for the first act of vandalism and video of a man believed to have destroyed the intersection a second time.

Investigators do not think the two incidents are related.

In the first incident, police said the suspect was wearing construction clothes and a white hard hat. He placed orange cones on the road and a "closed road" sign around the intersection as he defended it.

Calgary police have released these photos which they say show the suspect is believed to be responsible for vandalizing the rainbow junction of the pride of Steven Avenue on August 18, 2019.

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Acting Mr. Craig Collins of the Hate Crimes Unit believes this is not a "random act of vandalism" – saying that the perpetrator clearly tried to conceal their identity.

"At one point, the suspect was communicating with a driver who attempted to turn onto Central Street Avenue 8 but was stopped by the individual," police said. "Several local taxis and Fogger's were also seen in the area and may have information that may assist in the investigation."

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"These acts of vandalism are committed by cowards who do not have the courage to stand behind their words," Collins said.

"I challenge them to go out and take responsibility for their actions."

Anyone with information about vandalized intersections is asked to call police at 403-422-1234 or contact Crime Stoppers.

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