Cathedral City Investigating Graffiti Depicting Hate Words and Symbols
Around 9:00 am on Sunday, February 4th, the Cathedral City Police Department responded to the 27800 block of Avenida Maravilla regarding reported graffiti vandalism.
The preliminary investigation determined unknown suspect(s) vandalized several vehicles and community block walls at various locations with blue spray paint. The crime appears to have occurred during the overnight hours.
The police department has begun an initial investigation into the graffiti that depicted hate words and symbols. Cathedral City prides itself as being a diverse city that celebrates diversity both in official policy and community activities and events. We are pleased that this type of hate graffiti is rarely seen in Cathedral City. However, we are alarmed that anyone would tag private property with graffiti, let alone, use graffiti with such divisive words and symbols.
“We continue to fully investigate this crime and are asking anyone with information to call the Cathedral City Police Department,” stated Police Chief Travis Walker. “Although the graffiti incorporated hate words and symbols, it appears at this point not to be directed towards any one individual or household. Graffiti depicting hate words and symbols alone by itself does not meet the standards of a hate crime by law. However, we take any hate speech seriously, and with the community’s help, will bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice.”
Anyone with information regarding this crime is encouraged to call the Cathedral City Police Department at (760) 770-0300.