The Martin Luther King, Jr., statue was vandalized in Long Beach, California
Police in Long Beach, Calif., have opened a hate crime investigation after discovering that a local statue of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. had been vandalized with racist graffiti.
The Long Beach Police Department rushed to Martin Luther King Jr. Park at around 3 p.m. Friday after receiving reports of “hate/bias-motivated vandalism,” police spokesperson Brandon Fahey told NPR.
They found that the front of the King statue had been vandalized with spray paint, which workers from the parks and recreation department were working to scrub clean. The graffiti has since been removed, and the department is investigating the matter as a hate crime.