Windsor police investigate placement of hate symbols

A swastika is seen planted outside Hotel Dieu-Grace Healthcare in Windsor, April 6, 2021. Photo courtesy Janice Kaffer/Twitter.

Windsor police are looking into at least two incidents in which someone left a Canadian flag with a swastika on it.

The first was reported Tuesday afternoon on Tecumseh Road East near Mercer Street. Police say someone planted a Canadian flag at the rear of the property with a swastika in place of the maple leaf.

The second one was discovered later Tuesday outside the main entrance to Hotel Dieu-Grace Healthcare on Prince Road and was captured by the hospital’s president and CEO, Janice Kaffer.

“This offensive garbage was posted at our hospital today,” tweeted Kaffer. “I have no idea why someone would do this at a hospital that serves our community with honour, compassion, and dignity.”

The WPS Morality Unit is investigating both incidents and is asking the public for help in identifying anyone who left the flags. Residents and business owners in the vicinity of these two locations are asked to check any security camera footage and submit it if they see something unusual.

“The Windsor Police Service denounces all criminal acts, especially those that promote hatred toward anyone. Hate crime has a harmful impact on the community,” said Constable Darius Goze, public information officer.

Anyone with information is asked to call Windsor police at (519) 255-6700, ext. 4343. Anonymous tips may be submitted to Crime Stoppers at (519) 258-TIPS (8477).