Police investigate racist graffiti on home

The Baltimore Sun

Racist graffiti spray-painted on the home of an African-American couple in Anne Arundel County is not being investigated as a hate crime because the vandals are also African-American, police said yesterday.

Lorenza and Virginia Trotter discovered Sunday that a swastika and racial epithets had been drawn on the side of their home on the 2000 block of Brigadier Blvd. in Odenton.

"It was very upsetting," said Virginia Trotter, 59.

Witnesses told police they saw "a group of black males" fleeing the scene, said Sgt. Sara Schriver, a police spokeswoman. No arrests have been made, and she said the investigation is ongoing.

"It was not a racially motived incident," Schriver said. "It was basically a rivalry of young teenage kids, going around vandalizing, one group of kids trying to outdo another group of kids with vandalism. So it is not going to be classified as a verified hate crime."

Virginia Trotter, who has lived in the neighborhood for 17 years, called the police's decision "very wrong."

"I think that anybody who writes hateful stuff on your house should be charged with committing a hate crime," Trotter said.

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