Second graffiti vandalism hate crime reported at Palo Alto parking gar…

PALO ALTO – Authorities in Palo Alto are investigating another incident of graffiti vandalism as a hate crime.

At about 5:30 p.m. Friday, an anti-Jewish symbol and a racial epithet directed at Black people were found written in black marker on the walls of City Lot “R,” a parking garage at 528 High St., the Palo Alto Police Department said in a news release Monday.

A public works crew was called to remove the graffiti.

Police said they weren’t certain when the vandalism occurred. The garage was last checked by city workers on Sept. 15, when racial epithets directed at Black people were also found.

“Police believe it is possible that the crimes committed in Lot ‘R’ have been committed by the same speculate,” police said, “but there is no known connection with the other situations.”

The city has recorded four other graffiti vandalism hate crimes this year. On March 21, racial epithets directed at Black people were discovered at Heritage Park, and “derogatory language” directed at White people was found inside a restroom at El Camino Park on May 7, July 7 and Sept. 22.

No suspects have been identified or arrested.

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