Swastikas and references to President-elect Donald Trump were found Monday spray-painted inside Wilbur Cross High School’s athletic complex, according to a New Haven Police Department press release.
According to the NHPD, the athletic complex was secured around noon on Saturday, but when staff entered two days later, they found the graffiti on walls, doors and equipment. Since there is no evidence that the perpetrators forced their way in, they may have entered through an unlocked door, police said.
The NHPD considers the wider community to be the victim of the crime, because “there wasn’t a sole person or group that was targeted,” the press release said. The release also said that investigating hate crimes and hate-motivated behavior is of “paramount importance” to the NHPD.
“Our city is defined by its sense of community,” the press release said. “When you promote hate, you do so against us all. We will do all that we can to find you out.”
The NHPD has processed the crime scene for forensic evidence and encourages anyone with information about the crime to contact detectives at (203) 946-6304.