By the Daily Post staff
Palo Alto police are investigating “racial epithets directed at white people” found scrawled on the interior walls of a restroom at El Camino Park, across from Stanford Shopping Center.
Police believe the graffiti was put on the walls on Thursday or Friday. A city public works crew promptly removed the graffiti that was written with a black marker.
Police said they don’t have any information that could identify the vandal.
Police also said there is no known connection between this case and the graffiti that included a racial epithet that was found at Heritage Park, 300 Homer Ave., on March 21.
In a statement, police said that in the wake of recent national events and increased attention on hate crimes, the department is committed to thoroughly investigating any reported hate crimes in Palo Alto. In late March, the City Council denounced violence directed at people of Asian descent, and that came on the heels of months of efforts with City Council’s ongoing conversations and work on race and equity.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call police at (650) 329-2413. Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent via text message or voicemail to (650) 383-8984.