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Vandals target Obama supporters' property

November 12, 2008|Ruben Vives

Vandals spray-painted swastikas and racial slurs on a house and several cars that displayed campaign signs or bumper stickers for President-elect Barack Obama, authorities said Tuesday.

The incidents occurred Saturday night in the Hollywood Riviera section of the city, said Sgt. Bernard Anderson. Four separate incidents were reported the next day, he said.

No arrests have been made.

At one house, the phrase "Go Back to Africa" was spray-painted across the wall, in addition to a racial epithet on the garage door, Anderson said. Several parked vehicles on the streets were spray-painted with racial slurs, he said.

"We're taking this very seriously," Anderson said, noting that investigators had been working closely with residents, community groups and other local police agencies. The incidents are being investigated as possible hate crimes.

Anyone with information can call police at (310) 328-3456.

-- Ruben Vives

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