Mid-way through Pride Month, Santa Rosa coffeeshop Brew wasn’t the only target of anti-LGBT vandalism over the weekend.
Santa Rosa Junior College staff also found the anti-LGBT posters plastered on various buildings across the campus, prompting a response from the campus police.
"It's an ongoing investigation, so I really can't get too far into that at the moment," Santa Rosa Junior College campus police chief Robert Brownlee.told KRCB News on Tuesday. "[But] the poster was basically a QR code that went to like a YouTube video that basically was like a rap song about straight pride. And then there was also a web address for a Proud Boys webpage."
Brownlee said flyers were concentrated near the campus library and matched those found in other locations around the city.
Santa Rosa Junior College President Frank Chong also released a statement condemning the vandalism.
Santa Rosa police said there have been "several instances'' of city businesses being targeted by hate speech, mostly of businesses in the downtown area which are owned by members or supporters of the LGBTQ+ community.
SRJC campus police and the Santa Rosa Police department have both called for any public tips or security footage regarding the vandalism..
"Unknown people defaced private businesses with stickers promoted hateful rhetoric and used the stickers to cover up support for LGBTQ+ rights, Trans rights, and BLM," said Santa Rosa police on the department's Facebook page.
"The Santa Rosa Police Department is committed to supporting all members of our community and will not tolerate hate crimes," said the department. "No citizen, employee, or business owner should be targeted and harassed for living their authentic lives or supporting their fellow citizens."
They ask anyone with surveillance footage of the individuals defacing businesses to contact them at www.srcity.org/CrimeTips and refer to case number 23-7118. Police also ask businesses who have been targeted to report it at www.srcity.org/ReportACrime
and refer to case number 23-7118.
"These reports help to build a potential criminal case when a suspect is identified," the department said.