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Racist graffiti prompts Santa Ana police to launch hate crime probe

January 11, 2011 |  7:02 pm

Santa Ana police Tuesday launched a hate-crime investigation after racist and threatening graffiti was sprayed on a county building.

The derogatory remarks against Asian Americans and African Americans were scrawled on a wall of the Orange County Housing Authority office at 1170 N. Broadway, the Santa Ana Police Department said.

Many of the employees at the office are Asian Americans and African Americans, said Cpl. Anthony Bertagna.

"That's what leads them to believe their employees were potentially targeted," Bertagna said of housing authority officials.

Police said the vandalism took place between 5:30 p.m. Monday when the office closed and 7:30 a.m. Tuesday when it opened. Anyone with information is asked to call police at (714) 245-8400.

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