Idaho Hospital Vandalized With Spray-Painted Swastikas

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Hospital officials said three outdoor signs at St Luke’s McCall Medical Center in Boise were vandalized late Saturday night or early Sunday morning.

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BOICE, Idaho (AP) – Police are investigating after a spray-painted swastika was vandalized at a central Idaho hospital.

Hospital officials said three outdoor signs at St Luke’s McCall Medical Center were vandalized late Saturday night or early Sunday morning.

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“It is deeply disturbing, to say the least, for such despicable actions to take place on our premises,” said hospital spokeswoman Laura Crawford.

Crawford said the hospital’s security team is working with local police and an active investigation is underway.

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“This act is incredibly disturbing,” Amber Green, chief operating officer and chief nursing officer for McCall’s, St. Luke’s, said in a prepared statement. “We know this abhorrent act does not reflect the community where we live and serve. We will continue to cooperate with law enforcement so that whoever is responsible is held accountable.”

McCall’s Police Chief Justin Williams said such vandalism is rare for the region, but there is currently no indication that the graffiti was part of a hate crime targeting a specific individual or related to the coronavirus pandemic. Is.

He said the matter is being investigated and those with knowledge are encouraged to approach the police department.

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