Police in Ann Arbor released surveillance video three men who allegedly spray painted hate speech over a mural near the University of Michigan campus
Investigators say “free Dylann Roof I hate n**gers” was painted by one man while the other two acted as lookouts.
“If your motive here was to draw attention to a cause, you have and you’ve also drawn the attention of law enforcement,” Ann Arbor Police Lt. Matthew Lige explained. “We are actively seeking to identify these individuals.”
“My heart was broken, in the fact that that is an ideology and a sentiment that people feel strongly enough to share with the world,” artist Mary Thiefels, who designed the mural in 2014, told MLive. “It’s definitely been hard to swallow, but also it’s making a very important point that hate speech is real. The lid is off.”
The same day the racist graffiti was discovered, a “free Dylann Roof” poster was found on a campus bulletin board.
Racist slurs were also written on dorm door name tags.
In fact, Rev. Renee Roederer has documented thirteen “racist incidents from the last year alone, when they especially began to escalate” in Ann Arbor.
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