Canton police investigating racially-fueled note sent to family

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CANTON, Ill. — The Canton Police Department is investigating a threatening note sent to an area family.

On Aug. 23, a family in town received a letter from an anonymous sender. The sender,using derogatory language, told the family to keep one of their children under control, and threatened to hurt the child as well. This letter was apparently based on the child’s mixed-race ethnicity.

Tuesday, Canton police said they are looking for the person responsible and want to keep community members safe.

“The officer handling the case collected the letter and it is currently being processed for forensic evidence,” the CPD said. “The police presence in that neighborhood has been increased as the investigation continues.”

“It is the Canton Police Department’s stance that any child in our community, regardless of race, should feel safe in their own neighborhood,” the CPD continued. “Canton police are committed to protecting all of our residents to the best of our ability.”

Officers said these types of incidents do not happen in Canton often, and at this point, they don’t have any leads on a suspect, but they are sending the letter for forensic analysis.

Police are asking community members to stay vigilant and report any information they may have. The CPD can be reached at (309) 647-5131 or Canton CrimeStoppers at (309) 647-3636.

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