Spokane Police investigating MLK graffiti as hate crime

Spokane Police investigating MLK graffiti as hate crime

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police are investigating the incident at the Martin Luther King Jr. Outreach center as a hate crime.

The racial slur, tagged where everyone could see it, seemed to strengthen the resolve of police officers to investigate the crime as seriously as they would any other.

"They canvassed the neighborhood for eye witnesses, they canvassed their neighborhood for any potential evidence, they canvassed their neighborhood for videos they could have located that may have shown someone coming to and from the area," said Major Eric Olsen, with the Spokane PD.

 Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest will offer a reward for anonymous information about the person(s) responsible for this graffiti.

But if the tagger's intent was to cause fear or advance racism their attack may have backfired.

Major Olsen, Mayor David Condon and City Council President Ben Stuckart all took turns painting over the message of hate.

The Spokane Police Department is very firm in our stand against hate-bias crimes. We take them very seriously. they are investigated to the extent that we can. we want to make sure that we try to catch people who perpetrate those types of crimes," Olsen said.

Police Chief Craig Meidl and Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich would have been here today but were away at a state law enforcement conference.

They both were represented here by members of their command staff...

And even interim Fire Chief  Brian Schaeffer got involved, trying to track down special paint for this building that helps resists graffiti.