On Wednesday, June 25, the City of Burien released a statement about the 38 Pride flags that had been removed and stolen in the city (read our previous coverage here).

Forty flags had been installed around town by local business non-profit Discover Burien in support of Pride Month, a time when communities across the country celebrate the dignity, equality, and increased visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ+) people as well commemorating the Stonewall riots that began on June 28, 1969.

“The City of Burien supports the values that Pride represents: equality, fairness, visibility, and empowerment for LGTBQ+ people,” the city said. “The City’s leadership sanctioned the installation of the flags on publicly owned light poles as they have done for several years. In past years, the Burien City Council has issued proclamations supporting Pride as well as proclamations denouncing hate speech.”

“The city of Burien is an inclusive and welcoming city and we want to strongly declare that acts of hate or intimidation based on someone’s identity have no place in our community. The outpouring of support that Discover Burien has received to replace the flags is proof that Burien is a welcoming place for all.”

The Burien Police Department has opened an investigation into the incident. They encourage anyone who may have seen something to call (206) 296-3311.