ALAMEDA — Officers were investigating an apparent vandalism episode that left several residents’ vehicles damaged by graffiti Sunday, while community members responded with supportive gestures.
An Alameda police lieutenant released no details about the incident, saying only that officers responded around 1 p.m. after area and neighborhood checks and were working at least one incident. A follow-up call asking for additional details was not immediately returned Sunday evening.
But one resident said he had heard about one incident near Mound Street and Otis Drive around noon, but could not immediately corroborate that several vehciles had been found sprayed with “ALM” and “all lives matter” slogans.
“Two of [the cars] belong to a black family that lives nearby,” Alameda resident Camilo Landau said. “It’s certainly unexpected and unsettling, and I felt that as a community we needed to respond and show support for these families to show that this kind of behavior is unacceptable.”
Landau said several young residents went over to one area to chalk messages of support and care along a nearby sidewalk, while other adults provided turpentine and paint thinner to help get rid of the damage.
A GoFundMe fund-raising account set up Sunday showed graffiti-covered cars and described the incident, saying in part that a “black gentleman who lives in our neighborhood was targeted by a hate crime. His two vehicles were spray painted with racist messaging.”
As of 6:15 p.m., contributors to the account at https://www.gofundme.com/f/respray-2-vehicles-violated-by-racists had surpassed an initial $10,000 total, raising $10,795.
Anyone with information about the vandalism incidents may call Alameda police’s non-emergency phone number at 510-337-8340.
Contact George Kelly at 408-859-5180
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Author: George Kelly