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A Nazi flag was found flying at a public park in Laramie, Wyoming, this week.

Police said they were alerted to the flag’s presence Monday morning, where they found the American flag that usually sits atop the flagpole lying crumpled on the ground, according to CNN.

Lieutenant Gwen Smith of the Laramie Police Department told CNN that police folded the American flag properly and saluted it before returning it to the top of the flagpole.

Smith said there was no evidence of a crime such as damage to the U.S. flag or flagpole, and that the person who alerted police of the flag said they did not see who raised the Nazi flag.


Smith added that the city usually experiences a “very low” number of hate crimes. Laramie made national headlines in 1998 when a gay University of Wyoming student was killed. The incident was largely viewed as a hate crime.

“The City of Laramie will remain watchful for and vigilant against any other use of hateful Nazi symbols or propaganda,” said Laramie Mayor Andrea Summerville. “Our community has been touched by hate before and we will not stand for it again.”

The incident comes just days after a synagogue in Carmel, Indiana, was attacked with anti-Semitic graffiti featuring a Nazi flag and other symbols.

A report from the Anti-Defamation League found that in 2017, anti-Semitic incidents including assault and vandalism were up 57 percent from the previous year.

Anti-Defamation League senior associated director Jeremy Shaver issued a statement calling the Nazi flag in Laramie “appalling and outrageous.”

“We all have a responsibility to speak up when such hateful incidents take place in our communities,” Shaver said.


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