LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Los Angeles police Thursday were investigating the scrawling of four swastikas on an iconic South Los Angeles mural as a hate crime.

The vandalism was reported about 11:45 a.m. in the area of 48th Street and Crenshaw Boulevard, according to LAPD.

Social media images showed the mural was defaced by swastikas scrawled in white paint on the faces of prominent Black Panther members.

No suspects were in custody, according to LAPD. The swastikas were promptly scrubbed from the mural.

Police said the vandalism appears to be an isolated act and are asking for witnesses and anyone with possible security camera images to come forward.

California Rep. Karen Bass, who represents the district where the vandalism occurred, tweeted that “when people think of racism like this, they think about some far-off time in some far-off land. But this is today, in South Los Angeles, on Crenshaw. These are swastikas on Black faces. An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us.”

Longtime residents say they were hurt and shocked.

“I find it to be pretty deplorable that someone would do that,” said one woman. “It basically exemplifies black power, black excellence.”

Los Angeles City Councilmember Harris-Dawson put out a statement that said in part: “The hate crime that occurred in the Eighth District sometime on Thursday was a targeted and deliberate act to inflict fear and incite violence…This is yet another example of dangerous, racist sentiment and actions that are beginning to characterize this period of time, and we are not immune to it in Los Angeles.”

Comments (73)
  1. I’m sure it’ll turn out to be yet another in the never-ending line of hate crime hoaxes.

      1. Dorothy Cohen says:

        Hate to tell you, but that website you’re touting? Three hundred hoaxes since 1987? Okie Dokie. How about the FBI Statistics that show that 96.2% of hate crimes have been proven to be actual hate crimes. Another 2% were more vague, but mostly agains women. The FBI states that leaves about 2% of these to be hoaxes. You can go back to Breitbart now.

    1. Alan Brandenburg says:

      One group of Racists damage another group of Racists faces. So what is the problem?

    2. Steve Frank says:

      Stupid IGNORANT Blacks don’t understand the irony!!! Your beloved “Black Panthers” , besides being RACISTS, actually are BLACK NAZIS. I bope they paint MORE swastikas! Maybe I’ll go over there and paint a few…. Ef you kissass LAPD TRASH!

    3. I can’t in good conscience support, protect, defend a mural of felony racists known only for their brutality against those not like themselves. Anyone admiring the folks in the mural are problem people for an ordered civil society, particularly a Constitutional Republic such as we have in the USA and they are no better than the KKK or the Third Reich leadership.

  2. Walter Cox says:

    I would never used swastikas to deface such a mural. However the mural depicts a group, The Black Panthers of the 1960s, who were decidedly violent anti-white racists themselves. The woman is wielding a gun and is depicted as typical of the many extremely violent Black Panther members. This is hardly “black excellence,” and in fact Panther romanticization of gun violence continues in every black ghetto across America today – approximately 7,000 young black men shot each year by other black men.

    This mural deserves to be defaced.

  3. Mike Miller says:

    .

    Go check the nearest rabbis or black Lives Matter activists for spray paint residue on the fingers.

    .

  4. J.D. Johnson says:

    one negative symbol painted over another. And? Recently however, it has been shown that nearly every case of this happening has been done by young college aged black males. They are doing this to incite. 2 weeks ago a young black male was arrested for painting swastikas around Manchester, NH, for example. Don’t be quick to think this was the work of some fringe NeoNazi group. They do not usually operate like this.

  5. Alan Neidermeyer says:

    That’s like defacing a Hitler mural with a swastika. Just because they’re irrelevant and a punchline nowadays doesn’t mean they don’t deserve our contempt.

  6. Robart Defuego says:

    Are we sure that someone didn’t deface the swastikas by painting a mural underneath. Hate on hate crime as far as I’m concerned.

  7. Robert Quinn says:

    Why would I care about a chick with a shotgun who wants to kill me ?

  8. Alberto Perez says:

    Sorry to play Captain Obvious on this matter but aren’t the Black Panthers a racist group? I think they would even admit that their intended purpose is to foster and create a separate, sovereign state for blacks. That doesn’t justify the painting of swastikas on the mural but I don’t understand the outrage at the defacement but not at the mural itself. If a mural of Nathan Bedford Forrest were defaced with a swastika, most people would think that was perfectly appropriate.

  9. Tony Roumell says:

    Whoever approved of The Black Panther mural in the first place should be investigated for a hate crime. The panthers are murderous, racists punks.

  10. Charlie Alvarez says:

    LOL…very fitting that a black racist group like Black Panthers would get racist swastikas painted over their racist mural.

  11. Jim Thomas says:

    Virtually every one of these “derfacings” is an inside job to stir up hatred and sympathy.

  12. Alan Fischer says:

    Watch…. it’s going to turn out to be another black person trying to make white people look bad. You’ll see.

  13. Edmond Day says:

    Where are the axe handles that the BP ose ti intimidate voters.

  14. Penny Dee MoneyLove says:

    All of these negative comments. But the KKK is still active and killing black people. Hell your racist ass President is promoting violence. Know your history the Black Panthers came about because the white man was putting drugs in our neighborhoods. Go sit all your racist ass down somewhere! The mural simply means we are black, proud and tired of you racist ass white people. Racist people no need to reply……ignorance is hatred!

    1. Walter Cox says:

      It would be hard to top your comment for ignorance, the inability to express oneself, and a striking readiness to play the race card. I have contempt for the Black Panthers because of the low quality of their collective characters – from murderer and rapist Bobby Seale to the numerous Panthers who personally threatened me because I was a white man dating a black woman. Their hatred towards white people was a constant, and their legacy is anti-white hatred, violence and death.

    2. Mike Bruscell Sr. says:

      How dare someone deface this tribute to BlacKKK hatred of whites! Laughingly, the CBS affiliates blur out the swastikas on the faces of the racists, as if someone would be offended to see a symbol of hate on the faces of hate – only in Californication is it really this insane!

    3. Alan Fischer says:

      YOU ARE THE RACIST HERE. Oh and please tell me where your imaginary kkk group meets/is. You have fallen for the bogeyman that the media created. Fool.

  15. Fred Stevens says:

    So one group of racists paints swastikas on the faces of a different group of racists?
    I can’t seem to find the energy to give a damn.

  16. Richard Thompson says:

    So one racist group defaces another and I should care why?

  17. Big Mama says:

    Look at those hateful blacks

  18. Big Mama says:

    That black graffiti is a hate crime

  19. Bob Suyak says:

    Black panthers have tried to intimidate voters just like the NAZIs did, so this seem appropriate.

  20. Jonathan Smythe says:

    Funny, the mural depicts a hate group. If the swastika fits then wear it. The people that think this mural is a good thing are just violent racists themselves.

  21. Dan Purcell says:

    This article is rich in irony and hypocrisy…which is more racist, you decide.

  22. Gregg Velosi says:

    Hate me some nazis, but there’s never been a better use of swastikas in the history of mankind.

  23. I’m sure nobody would dream of painting a swastika over a symbol of white power.

  24. Jay Gee says:

    The Black Panthers was a Black racist hate group just as the New Black Panthers are today. The KKK is a white racist group and always has been. Why would you honor any racist group? As long as you do, no mater if they are white, black or another race, you will never decrease or end racism.

  25. Dusty Rhodes says:

    Well, seems appropriate for these thugs.

  26. John Sorger says:

    Hey Deshawn, watcha doing?

  27. Don’t you just hate that when one set of racists torment another group of racists? These are actually two terrorist groups, one however is sanctioned, accepted, glorified.

  28. Handy Andy says:

    I bet this pathetic congress women is against your 2nd amendment rights but she supports a mural with a shotgun toting black militant.

  29. Donny Dingle says:

    Seems appropriate.

  30. “Anti-racists” say there’s a RACE problem. They say it’ll be solved when non-Whites pour into ALL & ONLY White nations and “assimilate” to get a brown mixture.

    They say only White nations have this RACE problem; they say non-White nations are fine.

    If I object to my own genocide these “anti-racists” say I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

    They say they’re anti-racist. What they are is anti-White.

    Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-White.

  31. Robert Dunn says:

    The New Black Panthers are entirely different from the old. They wore war uniforms and carried automatic weapons in Georgia to intimidate voters to vote their way. Not the first election that happened. And put out a ‘wanted’ poster on George zimmerman when his trial didn’t end the way they wanted. And you won’t get more Nationalist than the NOI! Perhaps they should wear them as they are in the spirit of the German National Socialists.

  32. John Powledge says:

    Great. One racist group writes swastikas on the mural of another racist group. Why is this news? The black panthers are as racist as any Nazi and to be rejected accordingly.

  33. Bernard Wilrise says:

    When this happens in black communities it is almost always at the hands of frustrated young black men, and when it happens in Jewish communities it is almost always at the hands of young deviant Jewish boys…

  34. I got a chill when the lady in the video talked about the criminals on the mural as heroes of the community. Seriously? Who are the racists?

  35. Does a double racist act cancel each other out?

  36. Leslie Wilson says:

    And..wait for it.. It’s a hoax.

  37. Real Black Panthers attacking real White people and other Americans is celebrated while an unknown person or persons vandalizing a painting of racist thugs is outrageous and racist.

  38. Colin T. Callaghan says:

    Race Baiting for $1000, Alex.

  39. Paul Reed says:

    UN approves of fake school shooting events justpaste.it/77nvp

  40. I’m crying my second bucket of crocodile tears. These poor haters getting all hated on.

  41. Fred Murphy says:

    Probably another hoax. You know what wasn’t? The Somali dude trying to run down Jewish folks with his car and yelling “Allahu Akbar!” at the top of his lungs, about 5 miles from there. Didn’t see that one on the news, though, did you?

  42. Steve Johnson says:

    Seems to me the mural itself is violently racist to begin with, so whining and moaning about racism due to someone calling out these hate mongers for what they truly are strikes me as pretty damned pathetic.

  43. Jack Murphy says:

    Armed black panther mural? Are you fuking kidding me?

  44. spybat says:

    Tired: Walls are bad and divisive. Tear them down.

    Wired: Walls are an important part of the community. Don’t dab paint on them.

  45. Another likely hoax. What have there been, 300+ in the last few years?

  46. Kenneth Shackelford says:

    I am sure this mural is in the heart of a black community. I can’t even imagine a couple of white boys walking down the street with white spray paint, this was done by some black jerks who want to stir up unrest in the community. Should remove the entire mural from the wall, it depicts racism and hatred. I really don’t think the LAPD will give this incident a second look.

  47. Revised article:
    Los Angeles police Thursday were investigating the scrawling of four swastikas on an iconic South Los Angeles mural of hatred as a hate crime.

    The vandalism was reported about 11:45 a.m. in the area of 48th Street and Crenshaw Boulevard, according to LAPD.

    Social media images showed the mural of hatred was embellished by swastikas scrawled in white paint on the faces of prominent violent anti-white racists.

    No suspects were in custody, according to LAPD. The swastikas were promptly scrubbed from the mural to reveal the original message of hate.

    Police said the vandalism appears to be an isolated act and are asking for witnesses and anyone with possible security camera images to come forward. Those with evidence that it was perpetrated by Black Lives Matters groups should refrain from coming forward.

    California Rep. Karen Bass, who represents the district where the vandalism occurred, tweeted that “when people think of racism like this, they think about some far-off time in some far-off land. But this is today, in South Los Angeles, on Crenshaw. These are swastikas on Black faces. An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us.” When it was pointed out by another twitter user that the faces were actually of anti-white racists, she repeated “ALL OF US.” The other twitter user was subsequently banned from twitter for undisclosed reasons.

  48. Brian Dorse says:

    Isn’t it odd that the black panthers (an unapologetic racist and terrorist group) would have a mural “honoring” them in the first place……..leave it to our imbeciles here in L.A., mexifonria.

    And…That a politician (ass bass) would talk about “an attack”, when the mural depicts a black female holding a firearm, is ridiculous….and such blatant hypocrisy (although she and her constituents are simply too stupid to understand). And given all of the “offensive” curbs here in politically correct mexifornia, gonna bet this mural is “offensive” to the majority of the population…so it should have been gone a long time ago. But, hey….who cares if its offensive to non-blacks and normal people…right?

  49. Tom Bashor says:

    How about the mural itself being investigated as a hate crime?

  50. Mark Randall says:

    Could somebody explain the difference’s between the Black Panthers and the National Socialists workers Party? Aren’t their goals and methods basically the same?

  51. you are correct, the black panthers are racist.

  52. Karab Amabokcuf says:

    black panthers, like 99% of the democRATs, are the real NAZIs…

  53. Charlie Alvarez says:

    One example of racist graphics deserves another. The racist blacks who were interviewed in the video deserve to see their beloved mural of racist thug Black Panther “heroes” defaced. Anyone who considers the Black Panthers “heroes” needs to be kept on the defensive and neutralized from expressing their filthy anti-white bigotry.

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