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Colorado Springs vandalism: "I hate black people" and swastikas, just in time for the holidays

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Nothing signals holiday spirit like the scrawled message "I hate black people," accompanied by a swastika. This was the message that vandals in Colorado Springs left just before Christmas, according to city officials. In an alert, police say they are searching for leads in two cases -- one involving a spray-painted swastika on a menorah and another involving a defaced car with a racist declaration.

In a release sent out on Friday, the Colorado Springs Police Department says it is looking for vandals in two cases that they do not believe are connected. Officials confirm today that they are still looking for suspects.

In the first case, suspects allegedly defaced a property on the northwest side of the city at the corner of Rockrimmon and Allegheny, spraypainting a swastika on menorah.

On the south side, the words "I hate black people" were spraypainted on the side of a car. Photos that police shared on Facebook show that the message was painting in large blue letters on a white car, with an exclamation mark at the end.

Here's a photo of the vandalized car and a shot of the vehicle after the graffiti was removed.

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Colorado Springs Police Department

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Colorado Springs Police Department

"There is no room for this type of behavior here in Colorado Springs," Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach said in a statement. "It is my hope that the perpetrators are found and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."

The Colorado Springs Gazette says that "I love the devil" was also found on a sign at Calvary Baptist Church.

According to the police department, its Graffiti Team has fixed up over 4,000 vandalized locations this year.

And at least some good came out of all of this. On its Facebook page, the police, while noting that the racist comments painted on the vehicle "proved extremely hurtful and unsettling to the victim," then add: "The victim was pleasantly surprised to see her car look almost new again after our Graffiti Team responded to provide assistance."

Christmas car wash?

If you have information on these crimes, call Crimestoppers at 634-STOP with any information.

More from our Colorado Crimes archive: "Officer Robert Price faces animal cruelty felony charges for shooting Chloe the dog"

Follow Sam Levin on Twitter at @SamTLevin. E-mail the author at Sam.Levin@Westword.com.


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11 comments
djrockette04
djrockette04

Ok. No offense this article seemed more lighthearted than expected. For someone like myself, who is looking at Colorado for the next move, this article did not embrace the seriousness of racism. But I guess Colorado is focused on other things. 

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

I'm glad the graffiti was successfully removed. I wish it was as easy to remove the stain racial and ethnic hatred has left on this nation.

Dave Duncomb
Dave Duncomb

That car is illegally blocking the sidewalk. People in a wheelchair would have to go out into the street to get around this rude citizen

Dave687
Dave687

That car is illegally blocking the sidewalk. People in a wheelchair would have to go out into the street to get around this rude citizen

Ricky Charles
Ricky Charles

Are kids spray painting racial slurs news worthy nowadays? Step it up westword.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Who's to say the vandalism wasn't committed by blacks trying to frame a white group ?

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@Dave687 Did it occur to you that the car was moved there for the photo each time, instead of, say, the garage?

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@Juan_Leg @Juan_Leg Perhaps it was a prank from God that rained down from heaven late at night. Or, perhaps it was someone who doesn't respect other people or their property. 

I've found propaganda from National Alliance in my yard, and didn't appreciate it very much. (It really sucks that this editor decided to put their logo there, because it happens to be on the Wikipedia page I linked to. I can't control that.)

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