Reaction to possible hate crime in Isle La Motte

Published: Jul. 24, 2022 at 7:39 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 25, 2022 at 10:43 AM EDT
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ISLE LA MOTTE, Vt. (WCAX) - Vermont State Police are seeking more information on what they’re calling a possible hate crime in Isle La Motte.

Saturday, a progress pride flag and a trans pride flag were set on fire at a residence that also spread to the tree the flags were placed on.

Vermont State Police said this is one of several similar incidents reported in the area in the past month.

WCAX News talked to a neighbor who said they’ve had multiple pride flags stolen from their property this month, and who says other neighbors have had theirs stolen as well. Grand Isle County Sheriff Ray Allen says the department has received four different reports of flag thefts in a 12-day period.

Mary Catherine Graziano, a neighbor, says they continue to hang new flags in solidarity with the neighbor whose flags were burned Saturday.

“Show people that we’re here for them. And we’ll stand up for them and we will show those people who want to make people afraid, that we are not afraid and that their behavior is not accepted by this community,” said Graziano of Sandy Bottom Farm.

Police said they’ve informed the Attorney General’s Office of the flags being burned as a possible hate crime.

They’re also asking anyone who may have witnessed the event, who may have more information, or who has been a victim of a similar incident to reach out.

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