Racist graffiti discovered in Oakville Park
An Oakville park has been the target of racist graffiti this week.
A local resident discovered the offensive vandalism – which included a swastika and the names of Holocaust victim Anne Frank and disgraced comedian Bill Cosby spray painted on a parking spot – Thursday evening ( August 19) at Post Park on Macdonald Road.
Contacted by insidehalton.com, Halton Police spokesman Steve Elms said no incidents had been reported but an officer would investigate.
“I strongly urge residents to contact us if they see incidents of vandalism like this,” he added.
Elms assured the public that Halton Police “will rigorously investigate hate motivated incidents because we strongly believe that hate has no place in our community.”
Mayor Rob Burton echoed those sentiments, calling the act “deplorable”.
“I condemn this act of racism. Oakville has a long history of mutual respect for all races among our citizens. We seek harmony in our community.
Burton called on all residents “to be vigilant and report any acts of racism or hatred in our community to Halton Police.”
Oakville City spokesperson Jill MacInnes said “offensive and racial graffiti is a high priority for the city and must be removed within 24 hours.” The public can call ServiceOakville at 905 845 6601 if they notice such vandalism in Oakville.
The Halton Police Force Annual Report 2020 says hate crime “increased 160% in 2020 from the previous year.”