The West Shore RCMP are currently investigating two separate incidents of racist graffiti that took place over the course of the last week.
One of the incidents under investigation was reported on Jan. 21, when a complainant advised officers of a spray-painted white supremacist comment on the upper block wall on West Shore Parkway near Landing Lane (this area currently a construction zone).
Someone used red spray paint to scribe the message “White Lives Matter” partway up a retaining wall on the site.
The saying has become widely considered to be a racist response to the Black Lives Matter movement, which sparked in 2014 but rose to international prominence in 2020 following the death of George Floyd.
The West Shore RCMP is currently investigating two separate incidents of graffiti that took place in the last week on the West Shore.
The other incident currently being investigated was reported on January 22, when a complainant advised RCMP that they observed several trees in the Royal Roads Park (near the 3200 block of Metchosin Rd), were spray-painted with swastikas and a racial slur against the black community.
Police have not identified any suspects or direct witnesses in either case.
Although the reports of the racist graffiti occurred within days of each other, police are currently unsure if there is any connection between them. This has led to West Shore RCMP investigating each case separately.
If you witnessed these crimes take place, or know who the suspect (or suspects), responsible for these acts are please call us. Hate speech and mischief like the type displayed here is wrong and has no place in our community and will not be tolerated. We would like the public’s assistance in solving these crimes, said Cst. Nancy Saggar
Anyone with information on either of these incidents is being asked to call the West Shore RCMP at 250-474-2264.
You can also report anonymously through Crime Stoppers online or by calling 1-800-222-8477.