“It looks like it was pried open and then set on fire.” The officer said.
He took more info from me like the value of the rack and then stated, “It looks as if it was a victim of a hate crime.”
I had to laugh again as that was about as funny thing I have heard in a long time.
Yet as it turns out, the business where the rack was, had been vandalized before.
Here are a couple of articles the first one is from a local T.V. station the second one from the Gazette where I work.
Now, when I arrived to pick it up, it looked to me like someone had placed a small explosive in it that blew out the bottom and the door the fell off. Inside you can see the burned papers.
It was funny yet also a bit unsettling to think someone would blow up a news rack because he or she hated the owner of the business because he is black. Billings had something like this happen a few years ago and the city stood up against it. I hope Billings will do that again.
Enjoy the pics though…