Public Safety

Police investigating letters left at southeast Cedar Rapids homes as possible hate crime

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CEDAR RAPIDS — Mayor Brad Hart on Friday denounced letters containing a fascist symbol and “White Pride verbiage” that were left at four homes in southeast Cedar Rapids.

The letters, left in resealable plastic bags in front of homes, were reported to police Thursday and are being investigated as a possible hate crime under federal law, police said Friday.

“Cedar Rapids is a community where everyone should feel welcome and safe, especially in his or her own home,” Hart said Friday. “Acts of hate are not, and will not, be tolerated. They are an affront to the values of our residents and city leadership.

“It is our responsibility to care about each other, and incidents that target our neighbors and their families have no place in Cedar Rapids.”

Cedar Rapids police are working with the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Iowa in the investigation, according to a Friday news release.

Anyone with information about the letters is asked to contact police at (319) 286-5491.

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