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Police Investigate Apparent Cross Burning

Wednesday April 13, 2016 1:47pm

Police Investigate Apparent Cross Burning

On April 13, 2016 at approximately 4:41 a.m. the Dubuque 911 Center received a call of something burning at 22nd and Washington Streets. Police responded and nothing was located at that time.

At approximately 9:30 a.m. police were notified of burned items located in that same general area. Police located two crudely constructed items that appeared to be crosses damaged by fire.

Police are investigating the incident under the premise these are in fact crosses burned with fire, as a Violation of Individual Rights, commonly referred to as a hate crime. The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Dubuque Police Department. The US Attorney's Office and the FBI have been notified of the incident as well.

There will be a media briefing Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. in the Aigler Auditorium, 3rd Floor, Carnegie-Stout Library, 360 W 11th Street, Dubuque, IA.

If you have any information on this incident or others, please call the Dubuque Police Department at (563)589-4415 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-747-0117 or (563)588-0714 (if the information leads to an arrest, the caller is eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000). You can also submit tips anonymously online at www.cityofdubuque.org/police or through the MyDBQ smartphone app available at www.cityofdubuque.org/MyDBQ.