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Subway train vandalized with 'anti-Black racist' graffiti: Toronto Transit Commission

Last Updated Jun 28, 2020 at 10:51 am PDT

File image of an older-model TTC subway train. (FILE/CITYNEWS)

TORONTO (680 NEWS) — A subway train has been taken out of service following the discovery of racist graffiti, the Toronto Transit Commission said.

“A TTC Line 2 train was vandalized with vile anti-Black racist graffiti in a clear hate crime today,” said TTC spokesperson Stuart Green in a tweet Friday night. “Train was taken out of service when it was found.”

Green said the train has no cameras, “but we have witnesses and suspect descriptions that will be fully investigated because #BlackLivesMatter.”

A woman by the name of Dionne Samantha Callagan claims in a Facebook post that she was the one who alerted TTC officials to the racist graffiti.

The incident comes just over a week after racist posters were left at Finch West subway station in what the TTC described as a “blatant hate crime.”

“I was outraged and saddened to learn what happened to our colleagues at Finch West Station. This is not something any of us should have to be subjected to anywhere, any time,” wrote TTC CEO Rick Leary in a letter to all transit staff. “I cannot begin to truly understand what it is like to be constantly subjected to systemic racism, but I can speak for myself and the TTC when I say we unequivocally condemn anti-Black racism or discrimination of any kind; and the TTC has an obligation to speak out and take aggressive actions to stop it.”

Mayor John Tory called the recent spate of anti-Black racism “absolutely unacceptable.”