By Stephan Kozub
Los Angeles police tried on Friday to find out who painted swastikas on a mural that has been pride and cause in the black community for decades ,
The mural on Crenshaw Boulevard in South Los Angeles shows the Blank Panthers and the main African American figures on a wall that has been the scene of black history since the 1970s. The LAPD said he is investigating Thursday's vandalism as a hate crime.
In 2002, a dozen artists completed the mural "Our Mighty Contribution" (7,880 square meters) to commemorate black history, including images of slavery Martin Luther King, Jr., Louis Armstrong, and Harriet Tubman. 1
"This wall is our story and a source of pride in our community. It tells our story, "said Jasmyne Cannick, a local political strategist and commentator in a video posted on Twitter. "It's just a travesty. It's devastating. It's annoying. We can not stand that.
Enkone, the artist who had originally painted the Black Panther part of the mural, immediately went to the wall and removed the Nazi symbols until Thursday afternoon.
"It's a shame because we made this mural for all "Enkone told KNBC.
When Cannick heard about the swastikas on Thursday morning, she was vandalized. There she reported the incident to the police and alerted the Anti-Defamation League. In a tweet that responded to Cannick, the Los Angeles ADL called it a "heinous act of hatred" and said it had contact with law enforcement agencies.
Investigators look for witnesses and possible surveillance camera images, Los Angeles police officers "We'll find you and we'll prosecute you," LAPD boss Alex Baez said.
The police said they believed the vandalism was an isolated incident.
Wall corruption follows the recent Nazi vandalism of other parts of the country. New York City police opened their own anti-hate crime investigation on Thursday after swastikas were sprayed on the office walls of a Columbia University professor who described himself as Jewish and wrote books about the Holocaust.
Early this month, a mural at Duke The university honoring the victims of the massacre of Pittsburgh's synagogue was blurred with the Nazi symbol.
"It seems to happen everywhere," Cannick said. "I think this particular incident really hit people because [the mural] is so well-known, it's really loved and admired and appreciated by so many people.
" I want to know who did it and why they did it ", she added.