RCMP investigate after cross set on fire, racial slurs yelled outside N.S. home

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HALIFAX - Nova Scotia RCMP are investigating the possibility of a hate crime following a cross-burning on the front lawn of an interracial couple.
The Mounties said Monday that the incident occurred Sunday morning in Newport, N.S.
The man, who is black, and his wife, who is white, live at a home with their five children, aged two to 17. They told reporters Monday afternoon they are afraid for their safety.
They said they don't want to move, but are considering it.
Police responded to a call at about 12:45 a.m. that individuals had placed a cross on the lawn, set it on fire and began yelling racial slurs, said RCMP spokeswoman Sgt. Brigdit Leger.
The individuals fled the scene when police arrived. She added that the suspects were being sought.
"The homeowner noticed the cross burning on the lawn and called police," said Leger. "We responded right away."
Leger said police didn't know how many people were involved but know there was more than one.
She said the couple has not had any similar problems in the past. "It's absolutely isolated in nature. There have been no previous incidents at all."
She said police are examining all possible motives, including whether to consider it a hate crime.

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Newport

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  • Countrygal
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    This is absolutely DISGUISTING! I hope they catch the little ****ards that did this and, if they are young offenders publish their pictures and everything about them. Whomever did this should be forced to go to sensitivity or diversity training, AND be sent to work closely supervisedin a black community so maybe they can learn that blacks are human too and have the same rights as the rest of us. Cowards did this!

  • Aurora
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    This is truly pathetic. I hope that the couple are okay -- no one should have to even consider giving up their home because of something like this happening. This is also going to be difficult for their five children. I hope the ones responsible for these acts are caught immediately. I also hope the punishment for the crime, when they are caught, charged and found guilty is the highest that could possibly be given.

  • Rob
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Ummm... yes I think this would fall under hate crime.... A truly unnerving story for this to happen in this day and age. I would have thought or at least hoped that we as a society have moved past such behavior. I mean this is not 1960's Mississippi. I hope those responsible are quickly apprehended and this couple and particularly their children, can again feel safe in their own home. Everyone deserves that. There is no place for this kind of behavior anymore.