City Hall memorial arson investigation
We are investigating an arson that occurred at the residential school memorial at City Hall late last night.
Just before 11:30 p.m., on Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021, City of Calgary Corporate Security observed a man through CCTV as he appeared to attempt to light the memorial on fire before fleeing. Security officers extinguished the fire and called for assistance. Police and the Calgary Fire Department quickly responded to the memorial where it was discovered several shoes and other objects were heavily damaged.
Investigators are releasing CCTV of the suspect in this arson. He is believed to have short hair and was wearing a black baseball hat, a black backpack, blue jeans, white-soled shoes and a long-sleeve plaid shirt.
It is still too early to know what motivated the suspect and investigators need time to investigate. The Hate Crimes and Extremism Unit is assisting with the investigation to ensure any evidence of hate motivation is captured and handled appropriately.
We are very aware of the current tensions in the community around residential schools and the acts of vandalism and arson that have been occurring. We will examine whether there is any connection in this case, but we are asking people in the meantime to be patient while we work to identify the suspect.
Anyone with information about this case or the identity or whereabouts of the suspect is asked to contact the Calgary Police Service non-emergency number at 403-266-1234. Tips can also be left anonymously through Crime Stoppers:
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