Denver police investigating pride flag burning in Congress Park

The department’s bias-motivated unit is handling the probe.

A freshly-dyed LGBTQ flag. Lonnie Hanzon's home studio in Lakewood, April 10, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

A freshly-dyed LGBTQ flag. Lonnie Hanzon's home studio in Lakewood, April 10, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

(Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Denver police’s bias-motivated unit is investigating an incident from Wednesday involving a burnt pride flag outside a home in Congress Park.

Rainbow-like pride flags are a symbol of the LGBTQ community. The flag was created by artist Gilbert Baker in 1978 in San Francisco, according to CNN.

The department’s records show officers responded to a home near 11th Avenue and Monroe Street on Wednesday at 8:53 a.m. Police said the report is classified as arson since a victim’s property was burned.

The fire department investigated the incident after responding to the burning on Wednesday morning, department spokesperson Greg Pixley said. The investigation is now solely in the hands of Denver police.

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