South Ogden police are investigating a post-election flag burning as a possible hate crime.

Police were called to a home near 4300 South and 600 East late Tuesday night when a black family had just gotten home from volunteering at the polls. The family supports Barack Obama and was celebrating his historic win.

"They were excited about the outcome and had decided to display the American flag," said South Ogden police officer Marci Edwards.

A few minutes later, police said a man in the home noticed the flag on fire. He ran outside and put out the fire, but police have few leads.

"They did see a yellow vehicle driving in the area around that time, but we don't have anything to connect the car to the crime," said Edwards. "We don't have a lot of leads as far as suspect information."

Attempts to reach the family early Thursday morning for comment were unsuccessful.

"Maybe some people aren't ready for change. Maybe some people have hate in their heart," Alexander Toles, who lives in the home, told KTVX Ch. 4.

Police said they have been called to the Toles home before on neighborhood disputes, mostly noise complaints.

"We're investigating it. It's a possible hate crime," Edwards said. "Without a lot of good suspect information, we don't know."


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