June was LGBT Delight Month and the West Vancouver Police Division celebrated the event by unveiling a rainbow-colored crosswalk exterior the station.
On the time, the division mentioned “Whereas our Delight flag could have come down for the yr, the brand new crosswalk will stay as a press release of our dedication to advertise inclusion, variety, and respect.”
One week after it was unveiled, the crosswalk was reportedly “defaced” by the motive force of a fourth-generation Ford Mustang. In response to the division, on July seventh employees contained in the police station heard “loud and sustained tire squealing” coming from exterior.
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Investigators want to communicate with the motive force answerable for defacing a just lately put in Delight crosswalk at 16th St. and Esquimalt Ave. You probably have data, please name 604-925-7300. https://t.co/ywkNR4DMAv pic.twitter.com/ViW0ZxcxYN
— West Vancouver PD (@WestVanPolice) July 8, 2020
Once they went to research, they found tire marks on the crosswalk. Police went on to say the “suspect car left the realm at a excessive fee of velocity and was not situated.”
In a press release, Cst. Kevin Goodmurphy claimed the motive force of the Mustang selected to “go away a gesture of hate on a crosswalk that stands for the precise reverse.” The division additionally referred to as for the general public’s assist finding the horse automotive.
Every week after it was put in, the Delight crosswalk exterior @WestVanPolice‘s HQ at 16th/Esquimalt Ave. was broken by the automotive seen under. Nobody has been arrested. The crosswalk hasn’t been repaired but. When you acknowledge the automotive under, inform police. pic.twitter.com/6NRnWoBpHa
— Sonia Aslam (@SoniaSAslam) July 8, 2020
Whereas it’s unlucky the crosswalk was broken, the surveillance video doesn’t precisely scream hate crime. As you’ll be able to see, the Mustang pulls as much as the intersection and makes a whole cease. It then turns proper and drives out of view.
There’s no audio and the rear tires are hidden by vegetation, however this doesn’t seem just like the aggressive, hate-filled burnout that police are implying. The ‘motion’ additionally lasts for lower than eight seconds and that doesn’t look like it may trigger the “sustained tire squealing” claimed by police.
CBC News studies police have recognized a suspect, however there’s no phrase on who it’s or what expenses they might be dealing with. Nonetheless, the division initially famous they had been a investigating a case of “mischief to property.”