Police seek tips from public after 2 Calgary women receive racist, hateful threats
Letters threatened violence against Indigenous woman and neighbour, featured Canadian flag with cross
Calgary police are asking for help from the public as they continue to investigate two cases of apparently hate-fueled acts of vandalism earlier this month.
Two women in the southeast, in Deer Ridge and neighbouring Queensland, were targeted in the Dec. 2 incidents.
In the first, Misty Wind Shingoose awoke at her home in the 300 block of Deerview Drive S.E. to find to find a bed sheet sprawled out on her front lawn with a note left on the sheet
It included death threats, threats of rape, and racial slurs.
Shingoose's bus — a vehicle she has been retrofitting to use as a mobile hair studio to give free haircuts to the city's homeless — was also vandalized.
Later, Shingoose said she was contacted by a neighbour who was also targeted.
A big rock was thrown through her window, and a small statue and a threatening note were found on the front step of the home in the 300 block of Queen Charlotte Drive S.E., police said.
Shingoose provided CBC News with a copy of the letter left at her neighbour's house.
"You support Nenshi?" the letter says, apparently in reference to a Naheed Nenshi election sign on her property. "You are a Muslim sympathizer pig and you will pay." Nenshi is Muslim.
Both letters received by the women were signed with a symbol featuring a Canadian flag with a red cross in the centre of it, rather than a maple leaf.
Police say general investigators are working with the hate crimes co-ordinator to track down the culprits.
Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to call police at 403-266-1234 or contact Crime Stoppers.
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With files from Elissa Carpenter