Racist and anti-gay graffiti appears around Pasadena

Pasadena police sought the public's help today 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.

One of the vandals' targets was in the area of Kings Village, a Northwest Pasadena apartment complex. It unnerved leaders in the neighborhood.

The NAACP "is always gravely concerned when we hear of epithets being marked on walls in this city," Joe Brown, Pasadena-branch NAACP president, told the Pasadena Star-News earlier this week.

Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard added, "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.