Crime Stoppers solicits tips on racist graffiti

By James Peters
July 26, 2018 - 10:45am

KAMLOOPS — Kamloops Crime Stoppers is calling for help in putting a stop to what has become a rash of racist and hateful sign vandalism in the Kamloops area.

The first defaced sign was found in early July, in the Lac du Bois area above Batchelor Heights.

The sign informed prospective mushroom pickers how the Secwepemc Nation is regulating mushroom picking in wildfire-damaged forests, but was strewn with racist slurs and slogans promoting white power.

Since then, four more similarly-vandalized signs have been found near Cache Creek, Clinton and Ashcroft.

The most recently-discovered graffiti, on a sign near the Ashcroft airport, included the words "white power" written in black marker over top of the printed words "Secwepemc Territory."

In a social media post, Crime Stoppers says, "Hatred will only win if we remain silent."

The agency encourages anyone with information regarding the crime to submit a tip online or by calling 1 (800) 222-8477.

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