News

Police: Offensive graffiti found in city garage under investigation as hate crime

Authorities believe whoever vandalized garage is responsible for similar incident earlier this month

Palo Alto police are investigating a hate crime in which racial epithets that were left on a city parking garage, which was reported on Sept. 24, 2021. Embarcadero Media file photo by Veronica Weber.

For the second time this month, Palo Alto police are investigating a hate crime at a downtown parking garage, where a racial epithet directed against Black people and an anti-Jewish symbol were found Friday.

The vandalism was reported by a passerby about 5:30 p.m. at City Lot "R" on 528 High St., in two places on the second floor. The racial epithet was found on a sign, and the offensive symbol was near a stairwell, both drawn in black marker, Palo Alto police said in a press release on Monday.

Public Works crews were called to immediately remove the writings.

A prior vandalism incident was reported at the garage on Sept. 15, when racial epithets directed at Black people were written on a concrete pillar, police said.

Authorities believe it's possible the vandalism was committed by the same person, but there is no known connection with it or other cases reported in the city this year. Police have yet to identify a suspect in any of the incidents.

What's local journalism worth to you?

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

Join

Anyone with information about the incidents 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 daily headlines sent straight to your inbox in our Express newsletter.

Stay informed

Get daily headlines sent straight to your inbox in our Express newsletter.

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.

Your support is vital to us continuing to bring you crime news. Become a member today.

Police: Offensive graffiti found in city garage under investigation as hate crime

Authorities believe whoever vandalized garage is responsible for similar incident earlier this month

by /

Uploaded: Mon, Sep 27, 2021, 5:19 pm

For the second time this month, Palo Alto police are investigating a hate crime at a downtown parking garage, where a racial epithet directed against Black people and an anti-Jewish symbol were found Friday.

The vandalism was reported by a passerby about 5:30 p.m. at City Lot "R" on 528 High St., in two places on the second floor. The racial epithet was found on a sign, and the offensive symbol was near a stairwell, both drawn in black marker, Palo Alto police said in a press release on Monday.

Public Works crews were called to immediately remove the writings.

A prior vandalism incident was reported at the garage on Sept. 15, when racial epithets directed at Black people were written on a concrete pillar, police said.

Authorities believe it's possible the vandalism was committed by the same person, but there is no known connection with it or other cases reported in the city this year. Police have yet to identify a suspect in any of the incidents.

Anyone with information about the incidents 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

Online Name
Registered user
Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Sep 28, 2021 at 12:40 pm
Online Name, Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
Registered user
on Sep 28, 2021 at 12:40 pm

Speaking of hate crimes and hate speech, last night's City Council had some very interesting public comments on the topic, especially the threats against city council woman Lydia Kou to rape her, slit her throat and harm her children. The speakers, especially Bill Ross, called on the city manager and DA and PAPD to finally address the issue and to send a message that this incident is a teaching moment about police accountability as well as the deafening silence from the city manager and the county DA.

Listen to the comments starting at around the 4:00 (hour) point Web Link


Aron Tiernan
Registered user
Downtown North
on Sep 29, 2021 at 9:04 am
Aron Tiernan, Downtown North
Registered user
on Sep 29, 2021 at 9:04 am

Why doesn’t the City of Palo Alto install more surveillance cameras in city operated parking lots?

This would assist the PAPD in identifying the culprits.


Annette
Registered user
College Terrace
on Sep 29, 2021 at 9:32 am
Annette, College Terrace
Registered user
on Sep 29, 2021 at 9:32 am

Monday's City Council meeting was exceptional. On the one hand, the serious problems mentioned by Online Name were raised, while on the other CC progressed on solutions for two serious problems w/their support for the housing for the disabled and the housing for the unhoused. Hopefully the City Manager will find a way to raise his voice (not his communication director's voice) on the issue of hate crime and the city will progress on that front, too.


Online Name
Registered user
Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Sep 29, 2021 at 1:04 pm
Online Name, Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
Registered user
on Sep 29, 2021 at 1:04 pm

Annette, thanks for mentioning the city manager's failure to speak out. I've noticed his increasing stonewalling on calls to comment and his delegating his communications staff to make bland evasive comments. Most recently he told her to respond to the questions about the recent suicide of the Stanford student on the railroad tracks; they refused to answer questions about the myriad of costly failed programs which many of us recall where they installed non-working tracking devices, then after massive outcries they hired a contractor who hired human guards that repeatedly burglarized nearby homes. After another outcry, the hired another contractor who put in this latest non-working sensor.

Then the "Communications" director got snippy about the questions about reliability and costs of these failed programs and systems.

How long are we supposed to tolerate this stonewalling on major issues? And why should we? They make huge salaries and benefits and are supposed to be working for us!


William Hitchens
Registered user
Mountain View
on Sep 29, 2021 at 4:47 pm
William Hitchens, Mountain View
Registered user
on Sep 29, 2021 at 4:47 pm

It would be helpful if we had a photo of the graffiti. How can WE judge if it was a hate crime or just a prank gone bad? As for "investigating", since it involves and anti-Jewish symbol (I assume a swastika) and anti-Black statements, why doesn't the PAPD just assume that it is a hate crime and proceed accordingly? What the Hell is wrong with those anti-vaxers??? Their politics?


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.