On Wednesday, February 15, 2023, at 7:30 pm, officers of the Boone Police Department responded to the Temple of The High Country for a report of an individual who was waving an anti-Semitic flag that contained a “swastika.” Responding officers arrived on scene and recovered an anti-Semitic flag that was left on the property; however, the individual had already left the area.
On Wednesday evening the Chief of Police notified leadership at the Temple of The High Country to make them aware of this incident. Detectives with the Boone Police Department Criminal Investigations Division responded and assisted with the investigation.
Like many in our community, we at the Boone Police Department are disheartened this type of activity occurred in our town. It is important however to note the distinction between a hateful act and a Hate Crime. At this time, there is an active investigation to learn more about the person(s) who left the anti- Semitic flag on the property of the Temple of The High Country and their motives.
The Boone Police Department will be working with the leadership of the Temple of The High Country to enhance security as this type of incident is understandably unsettling to their members and our community. We are also in communication with other local, state and federal authorities to communicate the details of this incident for information sharing purposes.
The Boone Police Department asks anyone who may have additional information regarding this incident to call (828) 268-6900.
The Boone Police Department