6/13/2017 6:25:44 AM

The promotion of hate has a damaging effect on a community. It turns neighbours against each other and causes suspicion toward identifiable groups based solely on their religion, ethnic origin, race, colour, or sexual orientation. These areas are protected through the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which is one of the reasons that Canada is such a great place to live.

Sadly, during the overnight hours of June 9th/10th, unknown suspects spray painted graffiti on a fence in the rear alley of a Port Elgin residence. The graffiti was intended to promote hatred and is being treated as a Hate Crime. Police have investigated and at this time there have been no suspects identified.

The Saugeen Shores Police are asking the community to refrain from accusations based on suspicion or bias. If you do, the criminals who committed this Mischief and Public Incitement of Hatred are succeeding in inciting hate.

If you have any information about this crime please contact the Saugeen Shores Police Service at 519-832-2500 or call Crimestoppers at 1800-222-TIPS(8477).

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