News

Police investigate vandalism at downtown parking garage as a hate crime

Racial epithets were written on a concrete pillar

Palo Alto police are investigating a vandalism incident discovered on Wednesday night at a parking garage as a hate crime, the fourth that has occurred in a public city space so far this year.

Palo Alto police are investigating a vandalism incident discovered at a parking garage at 528 High St. as a hate crime. Embarcadero Media file photo by Veronica Weber.

Racial epithets were written on a concrete support pillar in the parking garage at 528 High St. near Alma Street, according to a press release issued Thursday.

A passerby reported the incident to police at 8:42 p.m. A responding officer located writings in black marker on a concrete support pillar that included racial epithets directed at Black people.

Police notified a public works crew to remove the graffiti. It's not clear when the garage was vandalized, according to the release.

Police said there is no suspect information currently available, and there is no known connection between this case and three other hate crime vandalism incidents that have occurred in public city spaces so far this year. Racial epithets were found in March at Heritage Park and in May at El Camino Park. In July, a derogatory racial statement was written inside a bathroom at El Camino Park.

What's local journalism worth to you?

Support Palo Alto Online for as little as $5/month.

Join

Anyone with information about the latest incident is asked to call the department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to [email protected] or sent by text message or voicemail to 650-383-8984. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through the police's free mobile app, downloadable at bit.ly/PAPD-AppStore or bit.ly/PAPD-GooglePlay.

Stay informed

Get the latest local news and information sent straight to your inbox.

Stay informed

Get the latest local news and information sent straight to your inbox.

Follow Palo Alto Online and the Palo Alto Weekly on Twitter @paloaltoweekly, Facebook and on Instagram @paloaltoonline for breaking news, local events, photos, videos and more.

Get uninterrupted access to important local crime news. Become a member today.

Police investigate vandalism at downtown parking garage as a hate crime

Racial epithets were written on a concrete pillar

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Fri, Sep 17, 2021, 8:35 am

Palo Alto police are investigating a vandalism incident discovered on Wednesday night at a parking garage as a hate crime, the fourth that has occurred in a public city space so far this year.

Racial epithets were written on a concrete support pillar in the parking garage at 528 High St. near Alma Street, according to a press release issued Thursday.

A passerby reported the incident to police at 8:42 p.m. A responding officer located writings in black marker on a concrete support pillar that included racial epithets directed at Black people.

Police notified a public works crew to remove the graffiti. It's not clear when the garage was vandalized, according to the release.

Police said there is no suspect information currently available, and there is no known connection between this case and three other hate crime vandalism incidents that have occurred in public city spaces so far this year. Racial epithets were found in March at Heritage Park and in May at El Camino Park. In July, a derogatory racial statement was written inside a bathroom at El Camino Park.

Anyone with information about the latest incident is asked to call the department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to [email protected] or sent by text message or voicemail to 650-383-8984. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through the police's free mobile app, downloadable at bit.ly/PAPD-AppStore or bit.ly/PAPD-GooglePlay.

Comments

Native to the BAY
Registered user
Old Palo Alto
on Sep 18, 2021 at 1:21 pm
Native to the BAY, Old Palo Alto
Registered user
on Sep 18, 2021 at 1:21 pm

If only there help and not hurt for our teen in this town. The City might make things like recreation 50% to 100% affordable for our most vulnerable young. Get creative. Think tank needed for positive action . COVID, mass unemployment, lack of true City-wide City sponsored engagement leaves too many alone, isolated and in fear & loathing. Get busy and do for those who need help now.


WilliamR
Registered user
another community
on Sep 18, 2021 at 9:14 pm
WilliamR, another community
Registered user
on Sep 18, 2021 at 9:14 pm

Is there an actual legal definition of "hate crime"? Assaulting, robbing, terrorizing someone because of their race, etc. would definitely qualify, but lumping graffiti in a parking garage in the same category seems to cheapen the definition. I don't know what this graffiti said; if it was a specific threat, then you can call it a hate crime, but just some "generic" rant should just be painted over and forgotten.


Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.

Post a comment

In order to encourage respectful and thoughtful discussion, commenting on stories is available to those who are registered users. If you are already a registered user and the commenting form is not below, you need to log in. If you are not registered, you can do so here.

Please make sure your comments are truthful, on-topic and do not disrespect another poster. Don't be snarky or belittling. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

See our announcement about requiring registration for commenting.