Unclear whether rainbow flag theft outside Aeolian Hall in east London would be considered hate crime

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An incident caught on video of two men stuffing a rainbow flag down a sewer outside of Aeolian Hall in east London is under investigation by the police.

“We’re currently investigating and still looking for the public’s assistance to identify the individuals involved,” Const. Sandasha Bough said Friday morning.

The video, which has been viewed more than 18,000 times since it was shared on the Aeolian’s Facebook page Thursday, shows the event that transpired Sunday afternoon.

Two men were walking past the building at Dundas and Rectory streets just after 1 p.m. The video shows them stop at where the flag hangs before one of the men, who is shirtless, jumps to pull the flag and its pole down. They then carry on their walk, nearly to the next block before turning around.

Choosing that removing it was not enough, the duo walked back to the discarded flag. The man who had watched the original act is shown to lift a sewer cover to allow the other man to shove the flag beneath the streets.

It appears unlikely that the pair knew they had committed the indecency on camera.

It’s unclear at the moment what punishment is in store for the vandals.

“We have to look at what charges would be laid first of all and then whether or not if falls into that category (of a hate crime).”

Bough suggested that the men may face charges of mischief or property damage.

Police are asking anyone with information related to the incident to reach out to them at 519-661-5670.

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