The FBI is investigating after a couple sprayed the word “Trump” and a swastika spray on the garage door of their California home.
Officials responded to the report of vandalism at the home of Katie and Robbie Peacock near Lafayette Circle in Lafayette on Tuesday, ABC7 reported.
The two have a Joe Biden flag waving in front of their house and a sign expressing their opposition to President Donald Trump, the station said.
Lafayette police are investigating the vandalism as a “possible hate crime” and have alerted the FBI, said Lafayette Mayor Mike Anderson.
Similar graffiti was painted on an overpass in nearby Orinda in recent days. According to ABC7, it said there: “Swastika equals trumpet equals ACB equals swastika”.
Both this graffiti and what was painted on the peacock’s garage door have been painted over in the meantime.
But the Peacocks said that it served to emphasize how important it is for people to vote in the November 3rd election.
“This message of hatred and violence is meant to underline the importance of how we all come out in this moment,” they said in a statement to ABC7.
Voters have only a few days to “vote love over hate, unity over division and bravery over fear,” they said.
“Together we can do this – and we will do it,” they added.
Katie Peacock also posted on Facebook about the incident and wrote that she hoped the “terrible” event would unite people against hate, oppression and racism, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Of the perpetrators, she added: “Regardless of the zip code they live in, they obviously do not belong to my community. Community is so much more [than]that. Community is in your head and heart.” She was not immediately available for further comments.
Lindy Rice, who said she was a friend of the couple, said on Facebook that she thinks her home has been targeted because of the Biden flag being displayed.
“This is the kind of behavior that flourishes under Trump. The only thing the vandals did right was to associate Trump’s name with the swastika,” she wrote. Rice was contacted for further comments.
In his statement, Anderson said that those responsible for the vandalism would be “vigorously prosecuted”.
“There is no place for hatred in Lafayette,” Anderson said. “This is an inclusive and diverse city where everyone is welcome. Spraying a person’s house with a swastika, a symbol of oppression, genocide and xenophobia, will not be tolerated.
“Lafayette stands together against any act associated with prejudice or racism; this act will not be overlooked and will be vigorously prosecuted.
Seth Brysk, the regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, also condemned the graffiti and told the KTVU: “The point here is that you have the normalization of an extremist symbol, one that has proven to be lethal.
Anderson, Lafayette police and the FBI were contacted for additional comments.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact the detectives at 925-383-3680….