Police are investigating a swastika found painted onto a rainbow walkway in Toronto’s Gay Village. The picture of this act of vandalism was posted on the Toronto police Twitter account. “Yesterday a hate crime was committed right in the open in the @ChurchWellesley neighborhood,” the post read, “If you saw this swastika being painted at Church/Alexander St please contact @TPS51Div station & refer to occurrence #1423067/18.” Church Wellesley members were those who discovered the swastika and helped with removing it. The authorities are looking for two people who had an intention to hide their identity in the wake of this misdemeanor.
Data released this year by the Toronto Police Hate Crimes Unit showed the number of reported hate crimes rose by 28 percent in 2017 in the city, compared to the previous year. In total,186 hate crimes were recorded, with vandalism and graffiti common crimes, CBC reported.