Vandals Spray Paint Anti-Gay And Racist Graffiti In Pasadena Neighborhood

PASADENA (CBS) — Pasadena police sought the public’s help Friday in the search for the vandals who have been plastering racist and anti-gay graffiti on surfaces in Pasadena.

The graffiti spray-painted along Washington Boulevard between Lincoln and El Molino avenues surfaced earlier this week and was recently removed, the Pasadena Police Department said. The targets included residential, commercial and city-owned buildings.

“Residents and businesses in the neighborhoods need to know these crimes will not be tolerated,” said police Chief Phillip Sanchez. “We will uphold each person’s rights to live in an environment free of such acts.”

The graffiti has included racist and homophobic slurs and Swastikas.

Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard said, “Any action or event that suggests racial bigotry or discrimination or hatred is tremendously disappointing.”

Police asked that anyone with information on the graffiti vandals call the department at (626) 744-4241.

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