Utah Pride Center sign vandalized with hate speech

The Salt Lake City Police Department is asking for community tips to help with an investigation into vandalism at the Utah Pride Center.

This investigation started at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, November 14, 2023, when a Pride Center volunteer noticed hate speech spray painted on the main sign of the center, located at 1380 South Main Street.

Staff members have since removed the hate speech from the sign.

Officers believe the vandalism occurred sometime on Tuesday, November 14 before 4 p.m.

The Salt Lake City Police Department is asking anyone with information to call 801-799-3000.

In October, Chief Mike Brown joined community members and released a public service announcement as being a partner against hate.

In Utah, a hate crime is a criminal offense committed against a person or property that is motivated by the offender’s bias or prejudice against the victim.

“The Salt Lake City Police Department recognizes our responsibility to investigate hate crimes thoroughly and impartially to hold offenders accountable and ensure justice for victims. The Salt Lake City Police Department educates its officers and works with the community to recognize and condemn hate crimes and works to prevent them from occurring in the future,” SLCPD said in a statement. “The effects of a hate crime can be devastating and long-lasting for both the individual victim and the larger community.”

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