Monday, June 16, 2008


Originally uploaded by Julep67
can someone please explain to me how, in our Nation's capitol, in 2008, crap like this can go on?

A four-year-old girl found a severed pig's head bearing a slur against Muslims on the front steps of her family's home in Ottawa's west end over the weekend.

The Ottawa police hate crimes unit is investigating after police were called around 8 a.m. Saturday to a home on Elmira Drive, south of the Queensway and west of Woodroffe Avenue, said Const. Jean-Paul Vincelette.

Investigators believe the pig's head was left in front of the home between 3 a.m. and 8 a.m. that morning, said an Ottawa police news release.

Vincelette said police could provide no details about the circumstances or why they believe it might be a hate crime, as that might jeopardize the investigation.

However, a woman who lives in the home where the pig's head was found told several local media outlets that the head was discovered by her four-year-old daughter, and had a slur targeting Muslims written on it with lipliner. She also said that the family had been having some conflicts with neighbours.

Police said they are following leads based on tips from the public and other investigative work.

Lamamba Iman, the community house coordinator of the Pinecrest Terrace public housing complex where the incident took place, said while the incident is serious, it is unusual.

"It’s an isolated incident," he said Monday. "And a very extreme one too."

Iman, who is Muslim, said he has lived at the complex for five years, and found it to be quiet and diverse.

"People get along here very well."

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