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The trashing of a luxury car parked on a West End street is being investigated as a possible hate crime due to racial slurs written on the vehicle.
A slur targeting Indigenous people was written on every side of the late-model white Jaguar sedan in black indelible ink.
The vehicle with "Friendly Manitoba" licence plates had its windows and side mirrors smashed and much of the body dented while it was parked on Beverley Street between St. Matthew’s Avenue and Portage Avenue.
Winnipeg police said the incident was reported in the early evening Nov. 1. The owner of the vehicle has not been publicly identified.
"The report has been forwarded to hate crimes (unit) for their information and to the major crimes unit for follow up," Const. Tammy Skrabek said Monday. "It is far too soon to say that is a hate crime and not just random vandalism."
The damage to the vehicle was apparently done overnight post-Halloween.
The model of Jaguar sedan that was vandalized sells new for more than $60,000, according to a scan of online prices.
Photos of the vehicle were posted on social media and then removed. Commenters weighed in on whether or not the incident was a hate crime, a hoax or someone who had a personal "beef" with the owner of the car.
A resident of the West End who is new to Canada discovered the vehicle Wednesday morning and was alarmed by the hateful words — the first racial slur he said he has encountered since arriving in Winnipeg last winter.
"It was very surprising," said the man, who asked not to be identified. "It’s awful."
A spokeswoman for the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs said Monday she was looking into the incident, but was not prepared to comment.
A Statistics Canada report issued in June said most police-reported hate crimes in 2015 (48 per cent, or 641 incidents) were motivated by hatred toward a race or ethnicity such as Black, Asian, Arab or Aboriginal populations.
The willingness to report hate crimes to police may differ across the various targeted populations, the StatsCan report noted.
Police-reported incidents motivated by hatred towards religious groups including Jewish, Muslim, Catholic and other religious populations accounted for 35 per cent (469 incidents) in 2015.
Eleven per cent of police-reported hate crimes (141 incidents) were motivated by hatred of a sexual orientation.
The remaining six per cent of hate crimes were motivated by hatred of a language, mental or physical disability, sex, age, or another characteristic, such as occupation or political beliefs.
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