Midtown car vandalized with anti-LGBT graffiti

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Four teen vandals defaced a car parked in Midtown with anti-LGBT and racist slurs, prompting Atlanta's new police to speak out against the hate-filled screeds.

The incident took place on Feb. 4 outside an Ansley Park home. Via Saporta Report:

Stephanie and Jerome Russell were enjoying themselves at a Super Bowl party in Houston Saturday night when their 16-year-old daughter reached out to them.

Someone had vandalized one of her friend’s car parked in front of the Russell’s Ansley Park home by writing racist slurs – including “nigger”, “faggot”, “kyke”, “hollacauct” (sic) meaning holocaust, and “fag.”

There were also sexually explicit drawings on the car.

“I literally had to find a quiet spot,” Jerome said as soon as he got the news. “I was disgusted, angry, hurt – why did this happen?”

The next day, on Feb. 5, Stephanie Russell received a call from recently-appointed Atlanta police Chief Erika Shields (photo). The city's new top cop was concerned about the incident. Via Saporta Report:

“Atlanta is not going to be a city of hate,” Shields told her defiantly.

When Shields was named chief in December, she pledged that the agency would continue to work closely with the city's LGBT population.

“I think we have made enormous inroads and the first step in the process is that the department as a whole acknowledging that we had come up short and that we were to blame. And that process took awhile,” Shields said at the time.

“We are in a completely different space in so far as the LGBT community is concerned. We are actually asked to train abroad on bias crimes on a regular basis by the State Department. Much of our success is attributed to the fact that this office here is so professional and there is so much talent that we can rely on,” she added, referring to the mayor's office where her promotion was announced. 

Police investigators determined the vandals were four teenage males, including one who lived in the neighborhood. None of the teens have been charged in the incident, an Atlanta police spokesperson told Project Q Atlanta on Tuesday.

Sadly, anti-LGBT graffiti vandals aren't unusual in metro Atlanta. In 2015, vandals torched the vehicle of a lesbian couple and in November, vandals defaced a Gwinnett school with anti-gay graffiti.

Chris Books & More was tagged in October 2013 and Pride ceremonies at two local colleges were interrupted with slurs in 2014.

[h/t Georgia Voice]


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