Police investigate hate-motivated incident

Halifax Regional Police is investigating what is believed to be an incident motivated by hate in Halifax.

Yesterday at approximately 12:20 p.m. police received a report of rope that had been placed in a tree in Africville Park in Halifax. The rope had been removed prior to officers’ arrival. After observing photos of the rope before it was removed, and given its location, officers are investigating the incident as if the rope was intended to be a noose.

Investigators, along with members of the Hate Crime Unit of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division, are asking anyone with information about this incident or video from the area, who has not already spoken with police, to call 902-490-5020. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or using the P3 Tips App.

We recognize that incidents of this nature can be very harmful to our community. We take incidents that are believed to be motivated by hate towards an identifiable group very seriously. If someone finds themselves exposed to behaviour that is offensive, threatening or intimidating, we encourage them to report it to police to investigate so we can determine if criminal offences have occurred. Even if the investigation does not find criminal wrongdoing in that specific incident, it is important to have it on record.

More information on hate crime and hate incidents is available on our website.