Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, May 02, 2008

05-02-08 Vandalism to Idaho Human Rights Education Center

05-02-08 Vandalism to Idaho Human Rights Education Center

    Boise, May 2, 2008 - Boise Police are investigating, and asking the public for help to find whoever is responsible for vandalism done overnight to the Idaho Human Rights Education Center.

  • When: It's believed the damage was done some time after 9:30 p.m. last night to the offices at 777 So. 8th Street. Damage was discovered when a volunteer opened the door to the building this morning. The crime was reported to police at 9:48 a.m.
  • How: A garden hose had been pushed through a mail slot on the front door, the water turned on and left to run. It appears the water was on for several hours. When it was discovered, approx. 1 - 2 inches of water covered the entire floor of the 800 sq. ft. office. 
  • Why: At this time, investigators and workers at the center have found no evidence of why the damage was done, and no evidence that the Human Rights Center was specifically targeted. At this time, Boise Police are investigating the crime as a vandalism. Although damage estimates are still being assessed, it's certain they will run above $1,000, making Felony charges possible against whoever is found responsible.
  • Rewards: The Ada County Human Rights Task Force, another non-profit group that partners with the Human Rights Education Center, informs Boise Police they are offering a $500 reward for information leading to whoever is responsible. That's in addition to a reward of up to $1,000 offered by Crime Stoppers for information leading to arrest and conviction of the vandals. 

    Police are searching for suspects. Anyone who may have information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS. 

    Damage includes several pieces of artwork done by students in the Boise area that was part of a recent contest being organized by the Human Rights Education Center. Boxes of recently printed full color educational brochures were also destroyed by the water. Damage to furniture and computer equipment is still being assessed, according to Boise City Library workers who manage the building. The building is owned by the City of Boise and rented to the Idaho Human Rights Education Center as part of a partnership between the City and the Education Center.

    Again, anyone with information on who may have committed the vandalism of the Idaho Human Rights Education Center is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS.