Woman’s Ukrainian flag ripped down — police investigate as a hate crime

By the Daily Post staff

A woman on Alma Street in Palo Alto got a surprise when she discovered that somebody had torn down her Ukrainian flag, and left it bundled in the yard with feces inside of it, according to police.

Palo Alto Police said they are investigating the vandalism as a hate crime.

The victim, who lives in the 1400 block of Alma, believes the incident happened sometime between the evening of Wednesday, April 6, and the morning of Thursday, April 7.

The woman had the flag affixed to a hedge in the front yard before it was vandalized.

Police said they haven’t received any other reports involving the flag of Ukraine.

Anyone with information can call police at (650) 329-2413 or send anonymous tips to [email protected] or sent via text or voicemail to (650) 383-8984.


  1. A hate crime for destroying a Ukraine flag, seriously? Why is it not just a property crime like trespass or conversion? If someone smashes my car window into pieces or takes a pee on my car door, is that now investigated as a hate crime too? Instead of identifying witnesses, examining samples, and viewing any video evidence, the questions now further involve biases against Ukraine, which side of the war do you support, are you a fan of Putin…all of which have severe First Amendment thought-crimes implications.

    Many people consider the US flag a symbol of hate. I’m wondering if destruction of a US flag, apparently less popular than the Ukraine flag, would be charged as a hate crime in today’s political climate? How about desecration of a Biden/Harris campaign sign vs a MAGA/Trump sign?

  2. Vandalism is something crooks do quickly, like breaking into a car. They do it in a flash. If we are to believe this woman’s claim, the perpetrator pulled down the flag and then defecated on it, presumably in her front yard. I don’t care who you are, but that isn’t a quick process even if you have to go. I would believe the removal of the flag is real, but the added touch of taking a sh*t on it seems a bridge too far. Maybe the police, who apparently are taking this seriously, can do a DNA test on the crap and then compare it to the homeowner just to eliminate her (pardon the pun).

  3. Ukraine wants to ban Russian climbers from the Himalaya… This is nature… The mayor from Lemberg said people shall donate money, not second hand clothes… Who will really get the money… In some countries Ukrainian refugees suddenly have more privileges than other refugees… Etc etc… Now, why is the Ukraine demanding that much from the world… There should be no war, nowhere. Somehow I do not trust Ukraine anymore…

  4. If I am the president of a state and there are peace negotiations I would not talk bad about my enemy because having peace negotiations means the other party is trying to solve the situation. In my opinion this behaviour is not acceptable from Ukrainian side. Article Washington Post, Hunter Bidens investment fund financed Pentagons military biological program in Ukraine.

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