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El Camino Park bathroom vandalized with hateful graffiti for a third time

Police: Markings had 'derogatory language directed at white people'

Palo Alto police are investigating a hate crime at El Camino Park, where a bathroom was vandalized with derogatory language on Sept. 21, 2021. Photo by Lloyd Lee.

Hateful graffiti was found in the men's restroom of El Camino Park on Tuesday night by Public Works employees, according to the Palo Alto Police Department.

Written with black marker on several areas in the bathroom, the graffiti had "derogatory language directed at white people," police said in a Thursday news release. It's the third time the same restroom was vandalized with similar markings since authorities reported the first incident in May.

The Public Works employees reported their findings on Wednesday around 6:35 a.m. A staff member saw the vandalism the night before. A Public Works crew has since removed the graffiti, which was believed to be left sometime Tuesday, police said.

On May 7 and July 7, police investigated similar incidents, where markings with hateful language directed towards white people were found in the bathroom of El Camino Park at 155 El Camino Real, which is located near the Palo Alto Transit Center.

In the May incident, racial epithets were written in black marker on the walls and stalls of the bathroom. About two months later, an officer on foot patrol found writings etched onto the outside of a bathroom stall.

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"The writings included a statement espousing a hatred of white people," police said in a July 8 press release.

Police believe the three crimes at the park are connected and were committed by the same person. A suspect has not yet been identified as of Thursday afternoon.

Anyone with information about the vandalism 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.

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El Camino Park bathroom vandalized with hateful graffiti for a third time

Police: Markings had 'derogatory language directed at white people'

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Thu, Sep 23, 2021, 1:19 pm

Hateful graffiti was found in the men's restroom of El Camino Park on Tuesday night by Public Works employees, according to the Palo Alto Police Department.

Written with black marker on several areas in the bathroom, the graffiti had "derogatory language directed at white people," police said in a Thursday news release. It's the third time the same restroom was vandalized with similar markings since authorities reported the first incident in May.

The Public Works employees reported their findings on Wednesday around 6:35 a.m. A staff member saw the vandalism the night before. A Public Works crew has since removed the graffiti, which was believed to be left sometime Tuesday, police said.

On May 7 and July 7, police investigated similar incidents, where markings with hateful language directed towards white people were found in the bathroom of El Camino Park at 155 El Camino Real, which is located near the Palo Alto Transit Center.

In the May incident, racial epithets were written in black marker on the walls and stalls of the bathroom. About two months later, an officer on foot patrol found writings etched onto the outside of a bathroom stall.

"The writings included a statement espousing a hatred of white people," police said in a July 8 press release.

Police believe the three crimes at the park are connected and were committed by the same person. A suspect has not yet been identified as of Thursday afternoon.

Anyone with information about the vandalism 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

Bill Glazier
Registered user
Old Palo Alto
on Sep 24, 2021 at 11:11 am
Bill Glazier, Old Palo Alto
Registered user
on Sep 24, 2021 at 11:11 am

I was the person who found the writings the first time. They were disgusting. There is a very simple way to fix this - just put a video camera either inside the bathroom or at the entrance. There is a video camera at Mayfield for just this purpose. That will probably stop the guy, or get him discovered.


Alan Singleton
Registered user
Crescent Park
on Sep 24, 2021 at 12:00 pm
Alan Singleton, Crescent Park
Registered user
on Sep 24, 2021 at 12:00 pm

In this age of concocted divisiveness, is it possible that the offensive graffiti was written by white adolescents?


Tony Favero
Registered user
another community
on Sep 24, 2021 at 1:37 pm
Tony Favero, another community
Registered user
on Sep 24, 2021 at 1:37 pm

This certainly is no surprise considering the rampant progressive use of racist education against whites propagated in our public schools all the way up to university levels. As Obama's notorious Rev. Jeremiah Wright once opined... "The chickens have come home to roost" as he derided America with "G'...d America". Since that sad time it's only become worse as we kowtow to other racist groups like the BLM (the organization, not black people) that wish to divide Americans against each other absent any conciliatory accord of peace, love and human understanding. Yes, thanks much to the media and our progressive schools we are reaping the world-wind. And, no, cameras in the restroom, does not even begin to address this sorry episode.


Tony Favero
Registered user
another community
on Sep 24, 2021 at 2:12 pm
Tony Favero, another community
Registered user
on Sep 24, 2021 at 2:12 pm

A relevant addendum to my last post on this subject...

“Ours may become the first civilization destroyed, not by the power of our enemies, but by the ignorance of our teachers and the dangerous nonsense they are teaching our children.” Thomas Sowell, Stanford University,Hoover Institution.


Fr0hickey
Registered user
Old Palo Alto
on Sep 24, 2021 at 3:42 pm
Fr0hickey, Old Palo Alto
Registered user
on Sep 24, 2021 at 3:42 pm

Clearly it is not groups like BLM and groups that seek to pit groups against other groups.
It is time that we ban black, err... non-white... err... non-colored, err... absence-of-light sharpies.
Do it for the bathrooms!


MaryAnne Borgers
Registered user
Barron Park
on Sep 28, 2021 at 3:11 pm
MaryAnne Borgers, Barron Park
Registered user
on Sep 28, 2021 at 3:11 pm

@Fr0hickey/a resident of Old Palo Alto

How about simply installing an erasable blackboard in the restrooms instead?

This would eliminate the need for costly re-paintings and various reportages of alleged graffiti.


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