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SFPD release video of suspect burning Mission LGBT mural

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The LGBT mural outside the Galeria de la Raza cultural center in the Mission was defaced June 29 by an unknown arsonist.

San Francisco police have released video footage of an unknown person burning the LGBT mural outside the Galeria de la Raza cultural center in the Mission.

The mural on the corner of 24th and Bryant streets was burned the night of June 29. Police responded to the scene after 11 p.m. and saw the mural had been damaged.

The arson suspect is described as man standing around 6-feet-tall, weighing 190 pounds, wearing a black sweatshirt, black pants, white tennis shoes, white gloves and a black cloth covering the lower half of his face, according to an SFPD press release.

Witnesses told police the suspect ran southbound on Bryant Street toward 25th Street after setting the fire.

The digital image, which depicts gay, lesbian and transgender Latinos, had elicited homophobic responses on social media, and was targeted by vandals twice before.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call San Francisco police either by calling the anonymous tipline at (415) 575-4444, or “Text-a-Tip” at TIP411 including “SFPD” at the beginning of the message or by contacting lead investigator Sgt. Pete Shields of the Special Investigations Division at (415) 553-1133

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