Edmonds police investigating possible hate crime

By Brian Soergel | Feb 05, 2018
Courtesy of: Edmonds PD

The Edmonds Police Department is investigating a possible hate crime that occurred at Harvey's Lounge in Edmonds on Sunday, Feb. 4.

According to Sgt. Josh McClure, the concerns expressed by the reporting party are being looked at thoroughly. This includes viewing of surveillance footage from the business with the priority to determine if a crime has occurred.

“Our patrol officers worked overnight on this before a detective was assigned first thing this morning and began following up,” McClure said. “We have received full cooperation from the Harvey's owner. More interviews have already taken place or are scheduled for later today (Monday).”

The Edmonds Diversity Commission has been alerted to the incident and is scheduled to discuss it at its regularly scheduled meeting Wednesday, Feb. 7.

Early Monday morning, a woman posted on social media that her “children were just harassed, chase by man with a bat, and called racial slurs.” The Beacon is not naming the woman, although her name is posted on the Edmonds Moms Facebook page.

The woman wrote that the children were working on a school project near Jack in the Box on Highway 99 in Edmonds. She says they were taking photos of Edmonds when a male “bouncer” from Harvey’s approached them and allegedly used the “n” word and told them they weren’t wanted on the property.

“Out of respect for their privacy of the reporting party and the integrity of the investigation, we will not be releasing additional information at this time,” McClure said. “We encourage everyone to be respectful of the process, let the facts come to light and to refrain from inflammatory comments.

“The Edmonds Police Department thanks you for ongoing community concern and willingness to support this important process.”


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