WENY News - Ithaca Police Investigating Racist Graffiti at Skate Park

Ithaca Police Investigating Racist Graffiti at Skate Park

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ITHACA, N.Y. (WENY) -- The Ithaca Police Department is investigating hate-filled racist graffiti at a skate park.

Officers say it happened over the weekend, when they were called to the Ithaca Skate Park around 10:30 Saturday morning.

When officers arrived, they found this spray-paint graffiti, containing hate speech and racial epithets on sidewalks and skate ramps.

The Ithaca Police Department says they're currently reviewing security footage and working to bring justice to whoever is responsible. 

"Chief Tyler has made this a priority for our department to get to the bottom of this," says Officer Jamie Williamson. "That hateful speech and most things that were spray painted--they don't belong in the city of Ithaca, they don't represent the Ithaca Police Department [and] they have no place in our community. We are allocating our resources appropriately to get to the bottom of this."

Community leaders, including several officers, have since volunteered to paint over the graffiti. 

However they continue to ask the public for help in identifying anyone involved. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Ithaca Police Department at 607-272-9973.

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