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No tolerance for Colorado Springs hate crimes, declare governor, mayor and police chief

By: THE GAZETTE
August 10, 2017 Updated: August 10, 2017 at 11:38 am
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olorado Springs Mayor John Suthers, along with Police Chief Pete Carey and Gov. John Hickenlooper, released a joint statement Thursday, decrying the anti-Semitic and racist graffiti inflicted on a synagogue and property in its surrounding neighborhood last week. Gazette file photo by Christian Murdock.

Declaring zero tolerance for hate crimes, Colorado Springs Police Chief Pete Carey, Mayor John Suthers and Gov. John Hickenlooper released a joint statement Thursday, decrying the anti-Semitic and racist graffiti inflicted on a synagogue and property in its surrounding neighborhood last week.

"The City of Colorado Springs and State of Colorado are proud of the diversity of our residents," they wrote. "Colorado law expressly provides for the right of every person, regardless of their religion, race, color, ancestry, national origin, physical or mental disability, or sexual orientation to be protected from intimidation, harassment and physical harm. We are committed to the full enforcement of these laws."

Friday morning, residents in the Bon neighborhood discovered a swastika and the words "sig (sic) heil" - for "sieg heil," a Nazi salute - scrawled on one side of the sign outside Temple Beit Torah.

The "n" word was spelled out in large letters across the side of Luanne Ducett's gold-colored sedan, parked near North Royer and Fontanero streets.

It was one of at least seven vehicles in the area spray-painted with swastikas and other symbols.

The assault on the neighborhood spurred hundreds of people to rally Sunday in support of all of the city's diverse residents.

"Hate crimes will not be tolerated in Colorado Springs or elsewhere in our beautiful state," the officials' statement said. "We are all committed to using the full power of our offices, and the laws of our city and state, to stand up to hateful activities and crimes."

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