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Nanaimo LGBT+ crosswalk defacing considered ‘hate-motivated mischief’

The Nanaimo RCMP say that the LGBT+ crosswalk being vandalized with black paint is considered a hate crime.

The crosswalk at the intersection of Bastion St and Commercial St was vandalized at around 4am on July 3rd. To cover up the black mark, city officials have repainted all four crosswalks.

The individual shown in the photos is a’ white man, mid 30’s, short dark hair, wearing a black medical face mask, black shoes, light coloured shorts and a black t-shirt’.

“Considering that the crosswalk was painted to recognize the LGBTQ2+ community in Nanaimo, this incident is being treated as a hate-motivated mischief. If a suspect is positively identified and charges laid, this factor may be considered by the courts as an aggravating factor, ” said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

The crosswalk was painted rainbow in 2016 to ‘show support for the LGBTQ2+ community in Nanaimo.’ 

While the defacing of the crosswalk was not captured by video camera, images of a man carrying a can of paint and paint brush at around 3-4am were retrieved. The RCMP says he is a ‘person of interest.’

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Anyone who has information about this individual or about the incident is asked to call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2021-24453.



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