Photo: Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson (Devyn Barrie/OttawaStart.com)
Ottawa’s police chief says the service’s Hate Crimes unit will investigate after homophobic graffiti was found near Mayor Jim Watson’s home on Sunday.
Peter Sloly announced the investigation on Twitter, adding that such incidents should always be reported to police so they can be investigated and prosecuted.
We are investigating an incident of hate graffiti reported to police today outside of the Mayor's home. Our Service has no tolerance for hate crimes of any kind. Our Hate Crimes Unit has been engaged and this act, and all acts of hate, will be fully investigated.— Chief Peter Sloly (@OPSChiefSloly) March 22, 2021
The Ottawa Citizen reported that the graffiti was found outside the Mayor’s house by a neighbour, who reported it to the police. Watson is openly gay.