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. Jack Murphy says:

    Armed black panther mural? Are you fuking kidding me?

  2. 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.

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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?

  7. Tom Bashor says:

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

  8. 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?

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

  10. Karab Amabokcuf says:

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

  11. 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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