Police investigating anti-Asian vandalism as hate crime

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Toronto police are investigating after anti-Asian vandalism was discovered on the side of a building Tuesday. (Evan Mitsui/CBC - image credit)
Toronto police are investigating after anti-Asian vandalism was discovered on the side of a building Tuesday. (Evan Mitsui/CBC - image credit)

Toronto police say they are investigating after anti-Asian vandalism was found scrawled on the side of a building in the city's east end Tuesday.

In a news release, Toronto police said officers were first called about the issue just before 5 p.m., in the area of Gerrard Street East and Ontario Street.

Police say the vandalism contained racial slurs against the Asian community, and is now being investigated as a hate crime.

In a statement posted on her website, Coun. Kristyn Wong-Tam said she is "angered and disheartened" by the incident.

She also said that incidents of anti-Asian hate are rising, and action must be taken.

"To the community members who have been directly impacted, and to all Asian Canadians who are being threatened and harmed, I stand with you in love and solidarity," she said.

Police are asking anyone who has security camera footage from the area to contact them.