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iN VIDEO: Suspect vehicle caught on camera distributing racist notes in Vernon

A suspect vehicle is pictured in this screenshot from home security video submitted by Vernon RCMP. Video footage shows the suspect throwing the notes from an older model green pickup truck as it drives in the 3900 block of 21 Avenue around 1:30 a.m., Oct. 17, 2020.
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October 20, 2020 - 2:33 PM

Police have a lead in an investigation that began on Orange Shirt Day, when hundreds of racist notes were scattered near Vernon schools.

The notes, which bear links to white supremacist websites, were scattered on several occasions in different areas of Vernon between Sept. 30 and Oct. 19, according to an RCMP media release.

The original discovery of the notes coincided with Orange Shirt Day, which commemorates the residential school experience, to witness and honour the healing journey of Indigenous survivors and their families, and to commit to the ongoing process of reconciliation.

READ MORE: Hundreds of notes linked to racist website found scattered at Vernon schools

Police have received security video footage which shows the suspect throwing the notes from an older model green pickup truck as it drives in the 3900 block of 21 Avenue around 1:30 a.m., Oct. 17.

"Chances are, with video surveillance systems becoming more and more common in businesses and residences, this is not the only time whoever is doing this, has been caught on camera," Vernon RCMP media liason officer Const. Chris Terleski said in the release.

"If you have a recording system and have video or images of these events, please let us know. We want to see it."

READ MORE: Rash of racist notes, vandalism in Kamloops, Okanagan 'not surprising' in these times: Professor

Anyone with information, or video, is urged to contact the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP at 250-545-7171 or remain completely anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


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