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Erase the Hate: Reward fund set up to help Pullman Police investigate hate crimes

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PULLMAN, Wash. -

The mayor of Pullman reported Tuesday that a reward fund has been set up to help the Pullman Police Department investigate hate crimes and obtain information leading to the arrest of people wanted for hate crimes. So far the fund has raised $1,500.

Last month a WSU student's car was tagged with racial slurs, which led police contacting the FBI and investigating the vandalism as a hate crime. It got Pullman resident Terry Day upset, and he thought something had to be done.

“Ruth and I were appalled by the hate vandalism and we decided that a reward fund might be helpful to elicit information from the public,” Day said and then offered $500 to start the fund. He contacted others about the idea, and was able to raise another $500. He then got in touch with Mayor Glenn Johnson. Johnson said he started a reward fund a few years ago when someone damaged some park restrooms and the police were able to solve that crime with the help of Johnson’s donation.  He told Day that he and his wife, Kathy, would also contribute $500.

Days said he is hopeful that the fund will make a strong statement that hate crimes are not tolerated in Pullman. He also hopes the reward fund will help officers solve hate crimes and discourage them from happening in the future.

The fund is open to anyone who would like to contribute and Day said he would like to see it become a standing fund to help the Pullman Police now and in the future when they are dealing with criminal acts that meet the definition of hate crimes.

Those who would like to donate may send a check or money order payable to the City of Pullman and designate “hate crime reward fund.”   You can send the contributions to:

Hate Crime Reward Fund

City of Pullman Finance Office

325 SE Paradise St.

Pullman, WA 99163

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