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Town or Fort Macleod decries hate crime

Wanita, Andrew and Colin Walmsley react as a vehicle displaying a Pride flag drives by on Monday evening. A parade that involved about 60 families was held to show support for the Walmsley family, who had their own Pride flag torn down, shredded and burned late last month. The Walmsleys display the Pride flag to let LGBTQ+ youth in Fort Macleod know they have support.

The Town of Fort Macleod last week issued an official statement in response to a hate crime in August.

A Pride flag hanging outside a Fort Macleod home was torn down, shredded and set on fire on Aug. 26.

A replacement flag was also torn down.

The statement from the Town of Fort Macleod reads:

“As you may be aware, on the week of August 25, 2020 a Fort Macleod family was the target of a hate crime, when someone tore down and burnt a Pride flag that was located on their private residence.”

“The Town of Fort Macleod Council and Administration strongly condemns the actions of the perpetrators who violated the private property and security of the Walmsley family.”

“These actions will never be accepted in our great Town. We are aware that the subject of ‘Pride’ and LGBTQ+ may be a controversial issue for some of our residents, however violence and hatred can never be accepted as a form of dialogue.”

“Every individual is integral to our community and has the right to be safe, especially on their own property.”

On Monday evening a parade marshalled in the parking lot at F.P. Walshe school and drove past the home where the Pride flag was destroyed.

Parade organizers said the event was to show support for the Walmsley family as well as LGBTQ+ people in Fort Macleod.

Fort Macleod RCMP are continuing their investigation into the hate crime but had not identified any suspects last week.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Fort Macleod RCMP at 403-553-7200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.