The appearance of a spray-painted swastika caused outrage and alarm in Terrace last week, as Skeena Strong reported, and now the RCMP says it’s investigating.
“It’s very important that we all work together and speak up if we’ve seen something,” Staff Sergeant Michael Robinson said in a release. “Things like home surveillance video cameras are especially helpful and highly recommended for situations exactly like this.”
The Terrace RCMP says it’s looking into multiple pieces of graffiti around the community, including on fences, street signs and license plates. “The spray paint included various small phrases and insults as well as hate-symbols,” it explains.
In Canada, the public incitement or wilful promotion of hatred against any identifiable group is an offence under the Criminal Code. To qualify as a criminal offence, the law specifies that the hate speech must be the most severe of the genre; must be targeted to an identifiable group (such as a religion, ethnic group, or sexual orientation); and has to be public.
The RCMP asks anyone who has witnessed or has information regarding this incident, to contact the Terrace RCMP at (250) 638-7400.