Anti-black, anti-Jew graffiti to be investigated as hate crime

Ottawa police photographed two areas of shocking anti-Semitic graffiti on the concrete underpass...

Ottawa police photographed two areas of shocking anti-Semitic graffiti on the concrete underpass along Island Park Drive near the Champlain bridge on April 19, 2014. (Doug Hempstead/QMI Agency)

Doug Hempstead, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:38 PM ET

OTTAWA — Jaws were literally dropping Saturday morning as runners, walkers and cyclists were forced to pass by a display of racist and anti-Semitic graffiti.

The concrete underpass along the pathway at the foot of the Champlain Bridge in Ottawa featured two hate-fuelled, nonsensical statements. One, using a racial slur, read: "Deport N-----s." The other read: "Hail Hitler."

Both were brushed on with white paint, as well as a pair of swastikas.

The city's deputy operations manager Steve Kanellakos dispatched a clean-up crew, who were on-site within two hours to remove the graffiti.

Ottawa police and RCMP responded, but it was a pair of Ottawa cops who photographed the graffiti — one of them saying the crime will be investigated as hatred, not simply an act of mischief or vandalism.

This comes as good news to those who witnessed it Saturday — many of them with young children in tow.

"It's the most terrible thing you could imagine seeing," said cyclist Damian Crawley, who was pulling a child in a bike trailer.


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