According to a media release, Ann Arbor police officers responded to a graffiting incident in the skate park located in Veterans Memorial Park on Friday morning; the graffiting was racially charged and included swastikas. Phrases such as “Free USA” and “Jews Die” were sprayed painted.
The skate park is closed currently with Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation covering the hate speech. This is the second time this month where racist graffiti was seen in Ann Arbor, the last on the buildings of Concordia University. According to an email sent to University of Michigan students, racist graffiti was found in a bathroom at the University Biological Station in Pellston, Mich. University President Mark Schissel said police are currently looking into the situation.
A $500 reward is being offered for information on the crime or the person responsible for the skate park graffiti. There will be an increase in police patrols in city parks.
Ann Arbor Mayor Christoper Taylor released a statement on the event, according to MLive.
"Hate speech goes against the moral fiber of the Ann Arbor community," he said. "Any speech that advances racism, religious oppression, sexism, homophobia, transphobia or bigotry does not belong in Ann Arbor."
In a message, Ann Arbor Indivisible, an organization aimed at resisting the agenda of President Donald Trump, called on federal representatives to take action against such crime.
"The President’s racism is emboldening local and national hate crimes," the organization wrote. "We deplore this hate speech in our town, and ask all of Ann Arbor’s elected federal representatives, Rep. Debbie Dingell, Sen. Gary Peters, and Sen. Debbie Stabenow, to call immediately for President Trump’s resignation. They must exercise their national leadership and rally the nation to pressure the House of Representatives to impeach. Speaking out is welcome, but it’s not enough. It’s time to remove all white supremacists from the White House."